Carl Betz Movies and Career Information

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Mar 09, 1921
Pittsburgh
Actor

Carl Betz (March 9, 1921 – January 18, 1978) was an American film and television actor who portrayed the role of Dr. Alex Stone (Donna Reed's TV husband) on ABC's The Donna Reed Show from 1958 to 1966. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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. Serving in the military during World War II in both Italy and North Africa, Betz returned to Pittsburgh to finish work on a degree at Carnegie Tech. From there, 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's The Long Watch, then was spotted by talent scouts while touring with Veronica Lake in the summer stock play, Voice of the Turtle. That led to a spot as "Collie Jordan" on the television soap opera Love of Life, spending 18 months in that role while also making guest appearances in a number of movies and other television programs. In 1958, Betz garnered the role of

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