Don Castle

born: 29 September 1918
Beaumont, Texas,
United States of America
died: 26 May 1966
Hollywood, California,
United States of America
(overdose of medication, age 47)

American actor. According to his Findagrave bio, he was an "Official stand-in" for Clark Gable in mid-1930s. His Texas birth certificate gives his first name as "Marian" but his 1940 WWII Draft Card spells it "Marion" along with most other references to him. He was in a car accident which permanently disfigured his face which led to his severe depression and suicide.
Some sources list his birth year as 1917, but his birth certificate states 1918 - but not in the actual field where it ought to be... it is on a rubber stamped date in the "Filed" section.
Real name: Marian Emanuel Goodman Jr.
Height: 5'11"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography;
plus all films with Our Gang.


Who Killed Doc Robbin
George, defense attorney

Men In Fright
Mack, hospital orderly

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Acknowledgements: (1918 Sep 29: birth cert: "Marian" Emanuel Goodman Jr.: Beaumont, TX) (Young Mens' Draft Cards WWII 1940 Oct 16 LA: ht.5'11": born 1918: name "Marion": works Paramount Studios) (1966 May 26 LA : grave: complete biography: 1930's stand in for Clark Gable)
Jim Jarvis (bio noted and information)

This page was last updated on: 29 September 2023