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Donald Elson

Donald Eldon - The Rifleman

Donald Elson appeared in two episodes of The Rifleman'The Coward' as the Printer of the North Fork Newspaper ― 'Outlaw's Shoes' as the man at the livery stable, he told Lucas that his horse looked like one of the Weiden horses.

Donald served in the Air Force during WWII, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA degree in Theatre Arts.  He attended the Columbia Radio School of Broadcasting and pursued a career as a radio announcer at stations in Texas and Oklahoma.  He then headed to New York. Elson became a successful Broadway actor, appearing in Inherit The Wind Desire Under the Elms Peter Pan Three Penny Opera and numerous off-Broadway productions. He has appeared in several made for TV movies along with many of TV Westerns.  He was in Escape from the Planet of the Apes as Curator and in Gremlins.

He has appeared in over two hundred TV commercials (1960 to present).

Donald Elson was born March 31, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois

Please check out this tribute to Donald by his wife..... Donald Elson - My Wonderful Husband
He seems like a pretty cool guy!

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