Peter Donald

Show Count: 16
Series Count: 5
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: June 6, 1918, Bristol, England
Died: April 20, 1979 , Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Peter Donald (June 6, 1918 – April 20, 1979) was a British-born actor who worked in American radio and television.


He was famed as the character of Ajax Cassidy on Fred Allen's radio show, the Irishman who continually complained that he was "not long for this world."

In addition to his long run on "Allen's Alley," Donald was also the host during the 1940s on radio's joke-telling panel program, Can You Top This?


Donald was the host of two early television series, The Ad-Libbers (1951) and Masquerade Party (1954-1956), and he made numerous TV guest appearances as a comedian (The Colgate Comedy Hour, The NBC Comedy Hour) and panelist (Pantomime Quiz, What's My Line?,To Tell the Truth). His TV appearances as an actor included Prize Performance (1950) and ABC Showcase (1950). He appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1962, and one of his last TV appearances was on the daytime panel show Get the Message in 1964.

In the early 1950s, he lived in Manhattan on the south side of 58th Street between 7th Avenue and Broadway.

His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6665 Hollywood Boulevard.

Source: Wikipedia

Can You Top ThisCan You Top This
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 9 December 1940 to 19 September 1945, 3 October 1942 to 25 September 1948, 29 September 1948 to 24 May 1950, 23 September 1950 to 26 June 1951, 5 October 1953 to 26 March 1954 and 2 April 1954 to 9 July 1954
Cast: Senator Ed Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Peter Donald
Host: Ward Wilson
Columbia Presents CorwinColumbia Presents Corwin
Show Count: 15
Broadcast History: 4 May 1941 to 9 November 1941, 7 March 1944 to 15 August 1944 and 3 July 1945 to 21 August 1945
Cast: Everett Sloane, Ted de Corsia, John Brown, Frank Gallop, Peter Donald, Kenny Delmar, Karl Swenson, Paul Stewart, Adelaide Klein , Hester Sondergaard, Luis Van Rooten, Frank Lovejoy, House Jameson, Jack Smart, Beatrice Kay, John Gibson, Arthur Vinton, Larry Robinson, Bartlett Robinson, Martin Wolfson, Joel O'Brien, Perry Lafferty, Kermit Murdock, Joseph Julian, Minerva Pious, Katherine Locke, Carl Frank, Joan Alexander, Arnold Moss, Ralph Bell, Orson Welles, Fredric March, Charles Laughton
A series of stories ranging from serious to whimsical. The most famous is On a Note of Triumph, a celebration of the Allied victory in Europe, first broadcast on VE Day, May 8, 1945.
Fred Allen Show, TheFred Allen Show, The
Show Count: 89
Broadcast History: 23 October 1932 to 16 April 1933, 4 August 1933 to 1 December 1933, 3 January 1934 to 26 June 1940, 2 October 1940 to 25 June 1944, 7 October 1945 to 28 December 1947, and 4 january 1948 to 26 June 1949
Cast: Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Helen Morgan, Sheila berrtt, Roy Atwell, Charlie Carlisle, Jack Smart, Minerva Pious, Lionel Stander, Eileen Douglas, Town Hall Quartet, Merry Macs, Alan Reed, John Brown, Charlie Cantor, Peter Donald, Parker Fennelly, Kenny Delmar
Producer: Roger White, Sylvester Weaver, Vick Knight, Howard Reilly
Treasury Star ParadeTreasury Star Parade
Show Count: 47
Broadcast History: April 1942 to 1944
Cast: Gale Gordon, Vincent Price, John Garfield, Paula Winslowe, Peter Donald
Director: William A. Bacher
Host: Henry Hull, Paul Douglas
Broadcast: July 6, 1941
Added: Jun 22 2020
Broadcast: 16th February 1975
Added: Jan 03 2014
Broadcast: 23rd December 1974
Added: Oct 22 2013
Broadcast: 23rd August 1943
Added: Apr 04 2006
Broadcast: 8th August 1944
Added: Sep 02 2012
Broadcast: 11th July 1944
Added: Feb 16 2008