Thursday, September 26, 2019

Jack Donner Passes On

Jack Donner, who guest starred on shows from Star Trek to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, died on September 21 2019 at the age of 90.

Jack Donner was born on October 29 1928 in Los Angeles. He served in the United States Army. In 1948 following his service in the military he enrolled in drama school. He made his television debut in 1960 in an episode of Death Valley Days.

In the Sixties Mr. Donner guest starred on such shows as Dr. Kidare, Have Gun--Will Travel, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., My Favourite Martian, Get Smart, Mission: Impossible, The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek, Judd for the Defence, The Name of the Game, and The Flying Nun. He made his film debut in Hand of Death in 1962. During the decade he appeared in the movies Escape from Hell Island (1963) and Hotel (1967). In 1966 he founded the Oxford Theatre in Los Angeles with Lee Delano. Mr. Donner ran the theatre until 1976.

In the Seventies Jack Donner guest starred on the TV shows Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Manhunter, Police Story, Kojak, and The Streets of San Francisco. He appeared in the movies The All-American Boy (1973) and Black Starlet (1974). It was in 1977 that Mr. Donner fell ill and was unable to continue working as an actor. He attended college and later became a psychotherapist.

After being out of the acting profession for years, he returned to it in 1991. In the Nineties he guest starred on such shows as Baywatch, Power Rangers in Space, Frasier, Charmed, Shasta McNasty, G vs. E, The District, and The Privateers, He appeared in the movies The Emissary: A Biblical Epic (1997), Gideon (1998), Stigmata (1999), Family Tree (1999), and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000).

In the Naughts Jack Donner had a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital. He guest starred on such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Malcolm in the Middle, Roswell, The Bernie Mac Show, 7th Heaven, Enterprise, Freddie, Where There's a Will, Alias, Reno 911!, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Rodney, Ghost Whisperer, Hot in Cleveland, and Bones. He appeared in such movies as Soulkeeper (2001), Exorcism (2003), Imaginary Heroes (2004), Brotherhood of Blood (2007), Farm House (2008), All About Evil (2010), and Vampire (2010).

In the Teens Jack Donner had a recurring role on the series The Guestbook. He guest starred on such shows as Bad Samaritans, Suburgatory, Fear the Walking Dead, and Con Man. He appeared in such movies as J. Edgar (2011), Underground (2011), My Funny Valentine (2012), Night of the Templar (2013), Anatomy of Deception (2014), and Caretakers (2018).

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