Obituary: Don Leifert

Actor Don Leifert (b.1950) died on October 23. Leifert appeared in several science fiction and horror films, including Crawler, The Galaxy Invader, Nightbeast, and The Alien Factor.

  1. Brandon Gilmore — October 25, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    Mr. Leifert was my theater teacher. He broke me from shell and helped me get out of my way. I’m going to really miss The Fat Man. I owe so much to him, he has done so much for me. I graduated in 2010 and I made my way up to the school to pay my respects and breath the air he once breathed in this school. I’m not allowed to stay here rhrough the day, but I need to be here. Paying my respects don’t matter unless it’s in Towson High School, and standing on that stage.

  2. Christopher Gummer — October 26, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    I first met Don while filming Alien Factor back in 1976.
    I worked with him again in Night Beast and can say without a doubt the world has lost one of a kind!
    Though, I was never really close to Don I recognized his brilliance, as his his over the top personality held court no matter what setting he was in.
    I recognize this thing we call genius when I see it, Don was that and more. He would have never dreamed how much I admired him and now as often happens with things left unsaid, I wish I had.
    Talented, brilliantly intelligent,cocky, arrogant, witty,impudent,loveable, sensitive, acerbic,sharp as a knife, in your face, such a ham, full of himself, hilarious makes up the multi faceted mandela of his colorful personality. In his younger days he somehow reminded me of a young Ryan O’Neal….who would have been a great hockey or lax player at some Ivy walled school. I see how teaching came so easily to Don as it was evident that he was well educated, both in books and life. Don also has an air of authority which served him well as the charge of a classroom or director.
    A commanding prescence would be an apt description I suppose. I hadn’t ssen or spoken to Don in years but had seen him recently on the local news. Don was speaking to a reporter about local county school issues.
    I was somewhat suprised at how much he aged, but time and tide does change us all.I’m greatly saddened by Don’s passing. I will say this in parting…Good bye old friend. I will remember you fondly and toast you in drink and with song “If you should rise, and I should not,I will look back and softly call, good night and God be be with you all.”

    Sleep well all through the night.

    Christopher Gummer
    Baltimore, MD.

  3. Tom Griffith — October 31, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    Oh, how I wish I also had stayed more in contact with Don. He was everything Chris Gummer mentioned and more. What a talented, multi-faceted man!!! To say his passing is shocking to me is a gross understatement. To say he will be sorely missed is the same. Thanks for your words, Chris……. I could not have said it better.
    —Tom Griffith
    Tallahassee, Florida

  4. Fozia Khan — November 10, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    I had journalism class at Dundalk Senior High with Mr. Leifert. I remember his funny lines even today as well as the what, when, why and how stuff. He was a great teacher. I hope he and his family find peace.

    Fozia Khan
    Peachtree City, GA