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'Mork's' Exidor Actor Robert Donner


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'Mork's' Exidor Actor Robert Donner


Robert Donner

LOS ANGELES, California -- Robert Donner, a comedian and character actor known for his roles in TV's "Mork and Mindy" and "The Waltons" and movies including "Cool Hand Luke," has died. He was 75. Donner died on Thursday, June 8 at his Sherman Oaks home of a heart attack, according to his former agent, Michael Belson.

Robert Donner was born on April 27, 1931 in New York, New York. Donner was raised in New Jersey and Texas. After graduating from high school, he spent four years in the U.S. Navy. He relocated to the Los Angeles area, working odd jobs and attending college courses in the evening until his neighbor Clint Eastwood talked him into pursuing an acting career.

Donner's first role was an uncredited part in the 1959 John Wayne Western, "Rio Bravo." Although never reaching star status, he is a very recognizable character actor who made hundreds of appearances in television series and films in a career spanning more than 40 years.


Robert Donner as Exidor in 'Mork and Mindy' and Yancy Tucker in 'The Waltons'

Donner played Exidor on "Mork and Mindy" and Yancy Tucker on "The Waltons." He also guest starred with television appearances on "Rawhide," "Bonanza," Columbo," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Adam-12," "Falcon Crest," "MacGyver," "Dharma & Greg" and "Matlock."

In addition to "Cool Hand Luke," his film credits included "Bite the Bullet," "Vanishing Point," "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" and "Under the Rainbow." He had numerous roles in John Wayne westerns including "El Dorado" and "Chisum." He also was a founding member of Harvey Lembeck's comedy-improv group, The Crazy Quilt Comedy Company.

Donner remained relatively quiet after 2000, but continued to make public speaking appearances as well as participating in celebrity golf and tennis events. An avid golfer, he remained healthy and active until the end, Belson said. In 2006, he made a return to the silver screen in the current movie, "Hoot."

Donner is survived by his wife, Jill and two brothers.

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