Donald Gallaher

Donald Gallaher (June 25, 1895 – August 14, 1961) was an American actor who appeared in 25 films between 1903 and 1949.[1] He also directed five films, including Temple Tower (1930). His name is sometimes misspelled "Gallagher".

Gallaher was born in Quincy, Illinois. After moving to New York City as a child with his mother, he began acting in productions such as A Royal Family. He had 10 roles in plays before he reached age 12.[2]

Gallaher appeared in the silent film The Great Train Robbery (1903), and a bit part in the 23-chapter serial The Million Dollar Mystery (1914). He co-starred with Louis Wolheim and Una Merkel in the two-reeler Love's Old Sweet Song (1923) filmed in Lee De Forest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Later in life, he produced Broadway plays and directed films, including Temple Tower (1930), June First (1931), and The Hot Spot (1931).

In 1949, using the name Don Gallagher, he served as narrator of the ABC Television Players, a short-lived dramatic anthology series broadcast from Chicago.[3]

On April 13, 1917, Gallaher married actress Beatrice Noyes. They had a son, Donald Gallaher Jr., and divorced on April 1, 1921.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. Donald Gallaher at IMDB
  2. "Little Donald Gallaher Hs Played in Ten Parts Before His Twelfth Year". Greensboro Daily News. North Carolina, Greensboro. March 22, 1908. p. 11. Retrieved December 12, 2018 via
  3. Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. p. 5. ISBN 9780307483201. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  4. "Actress Divorces Donald Gallaher". New York Herald. New York, New York City. April 2, 1921. p. 9. Retrieved December 12, 2018 via
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