Carl Betz

Carl Betz

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Carl Betz (March 9, 1921 – January 18, 1978) was an American film and television actor. A native of Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Betz participated in childhood theatricals and later worked in summer stock. He graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1939 and then served in the military. Following military service, he graduated from Carnegie Tech and made his Broadway debut in 1952. He appeared in the television soap Love of Life, but is best remembered for playing Donna Reed's TV husband Dr. Alex Stone from 1958 to 1966 in the ABC sitcom The Donna Reed Show. Between 1967 and 1969, he played defense attorney Clinton Judd in Judd for the Defense, and won an Emmy Award in 1969 for his work. He died of lung cancer.


Growing up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Lebanon, Betz began his acting career unofficially in grammar school when he formed a theatrical company with friends, performing plays in his grandmother's basement. He later took part in a Pittsburgh summer stock company, working for $45 a week along with room and board.

Following World War II military service in Italy and North Africa, Betz earned a degree at Carnegie Tech. He worked as a radio announcer and disk jockey before moving to New York and again working in summer and winter stock companies.

Betz made his Broadway debut in 1952 in The Long Watch, and toured with Veronica Lake in the summer stock play, Voice of the Turtle. He then passed 18 months as Collie Jordan on the television soap opera...
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