Don Keefer, Had Classic Twilight Zone Role

By Chip Hitchcock: Don Keefer (b. Aug 18, 1916, Highspire, PA) died September 7 in Sherman Oaks, CA, age 98. He was a well-known character actor for half a century. His appearances in genre films included Sleeper (1974 Hugo winner) and Liar Liar (1997), but he was probably most visible as Dan Hollis, who is turned into a jack-in-the-box in the Twilight Zone dramatization of Jerome Bixby’s “It’s a Good Life” (originally published in Star #2). Amusing side note: the child who does this transformation was played by then six-year-old Billy Mumy, who later starred in the regrettable Lost in Space.