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Vanishing TV Character - Thorny Thornberry The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet ran for 435 episodes over an amazing 14 seasons on ABC from 1952 to 1966--a record for a non-animated sitcom that still stands today. From 1952 to 1957 Don DeFore played the Nelsons' good-natured next-door neighbor "Thorny" Thornberry in 96 episodes. (Whatever Thorny's real first name was, it was never mentioned). Thorny often exchanged playful barbs with Ozzie Nelson and gave him ill-timed advice. Sometimes he got caught up in whatever amusing complications befell the Nelson patriarch and his family. DeFore was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 1955 and was generally a popular part of the program. However, the show began to focus on different neighbors in the late 1950s (primarily Joe and Mary Jane Randolph and Doc Williams). Thorny, despite his popularity, just vanished without any explanation. DeFore later had a starring role in the 1960s sitcom Hazel in which he played Hazel's employer George Baxter.
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Added: 14th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: BigBoy Bob on 2014-11-14 
Ah! It's Mr. B!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-11-14 
I remember Don DeFore mostly from Hazel too. Hazel reruns were shown in my area in the early 1970s. At the time my parents mentioned to me that the actor playing Mr. B was Thorny from Ozzie and Harriet. I don't remember Ozzie and Harriet reruns ever being shown in my part of the world. I've only come across them recently on YouTube.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2017-04-22 
I understand that a current cable sitcom called It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia now holds the record for the longest run by seasons of a non-animated sitcom, surpassing The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. I honestly had never heard of it--that's how out of touch I am with contemporary op culture.
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