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Don Chastain
Born (1935-09-02)September 2, 1935
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Died August 9, 2002(2002-08-09) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, USA

Don Chastain (September 2, 1935 – August 9, 2002) was an American actor, singer and screenwriter. He worked in television in Los Angeles and New York and toured the United States and Canada.

Early years[]

Chastain was born in Oklahoma City.[1]


Chastain's Broadway credits include Parade (1998), 42nd Street (1980), "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman" (1965), and No Strings (1961).[2]

He played Jim Thompson in the NBC television comedy The Debbie Reynolds Show (1969-1970)[3] and Scott Thomas in that network's comedy Hello, Larry (1979-1981).[3]:450 In 1960, Chastain appeared as Gerald Wiley in the episode "Trial by Rope" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45. The guest cast also included Pamela Duncan as Dora Lacey, and Lurene Tuttle as Lottie Strong.[4] Other series in which Chastain appeared as a guest star include The Real McCoys, Rhoda, Maude, The Rockford Files, All My Children, Hawaii Five-O, The West Wing, Gunsmoke, and Scrubs, The Big Valley.


Chastain was a jazz singer and lyricist who served in the United States Army.

Personal life[]

Chastain was married to Jill Diamond and had one son, Colin Chastain.

Broadway performances[]

  • No Strings (1962–1963)
  • It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (1966)
  • 42nd Street (1980–1989)
  • Dance a Little Closer (1983)
  • "Floyd Collins (1997)
  • Parade (1998–1999)


  1. "Don Chastain Continues To Move Up". The Gastonia Gazette. North Carolina, Gastonia. January 26, 1970. p. 11. Retrieved February 27, 2017.  open access publication - free to read
  2. "("Don Chastain" search results)". Playbill. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  4. "Colt .45". Retrieved December 22, 2012. 

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