Partner Churchill Ross

Queer Places:
Cornell University, 410 Thurston Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
18346 Collins St, Tarzana, CA 91356
Billingsley's Restaurant at Van Nuys Golf Course, 6550 Odessa Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, California, USA

Donald Provost Dillaway (March 17, 1903 – November 18, 1982) was an actor known for his work on Pack Up Your Trouble (1932), Platinum Blonde (1931) and Frontier Pony Express (1939). He was a brown-haired American supporting actor, prolific on both stage and screen.

Donald Provost Dillaway was born on March 17, 1903 in Westfield, New Jersey, the son of Jacob Mills Dillaway (1872–1934) and Nettie Gordon Provost (1872–1958). He attended Cornell University and the University of Buffalo. Began as a singer at the age of 12. In the 1940s he lived in Tarzana, CA, with his mother Nettie.

He started his career on the stage appearing in countless Broadway productions from 1925 to 1937; he then went on to appear in over 130 feature films and television shows from 1929 to 1967. He made his big screen debut in “Dangerous Youth” (1930), followed by “Min and Bill” (1930). His other film credits included “Sing Sinner Sing” (1933), “Frontier Pony Express” (1939), “Amazon Guide” (1949), “Gunmen of Abilene” (1950), “Captain Scare Face” (1953), plus many more. For television he appeared in the series “Boston Blackie”, “Racket Squad”, “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show”, “Perry Mason” and “Run for Your Life”, to name a few.

In 1947 he married Vivian Josephine Nusser and had two children.

Along with partner Churchill Ross, he was manager and host of Billingsley's Steak Ranch in Van Nuys California in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

He died on November 18, 1982 in West Lake, California.


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  1. Intimate Companions: A Triography of George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and Their Circle by David Leddick
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/05/nyregion/chuck-howard-ex-designer-is-dead-at-75.html