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Don Brockett
Born(1930-01-30)January 30, 1930
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
DiedMay 2, 1995(1995-05-02) (aged 65)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
Resting placeAllegheny Cemetery
OccupationActor, comedian, producer, director
Years active1966–1995
Leslie Brockett
(m. 1986⁠–⁠1995)

Don Brockett (January 30, 1930 – May 2, 1995) was an American actor, comedian, producer, and director from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was known for his portrayal of Chef Brockett on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. He had small parts in many major films including Flashdance, Fletch Lives, The Silence of the Lambs, and Bob Roberts.

Don Brockett played a zombie in the 1985 George A. Romero film Day of the Dead.[1]

Brockett was one-half of the popular Pittsburgh comedy team, "Brockett and Barbara". He was also known for his annual comedic cinematic look at Pittsburgh, Forbidden Pittsburgh.

Brockett also had bit parts in the movies Flashdance and Houseguest, both of which were filmed in Pittsburgh. Barely six months after the release of Houseguest, Brockett died of a heart attack. Prior to his death, Brockett had been heavily involved in local charities, particularly with polio research. His grave is located at Allegheny Cemetery.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Flashdance Pete
1985 Rappin' Store Manager
1985 Day of the Dead Featured Zombie
1985 Walls of Glass Van Driver
1987 Lady Beware Locksmith
1988 Tiger Warsaw Carl
1988 The Prince of Pennsylvania Tony Minetta
1989 Fletch Lives Sheriff
1990 Night of the Living Dead Zombie Uncredited
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Friendly Psychopath
1991 Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh Police Chief 'Buzz Saw' Ryan
1991 Mobsters Irish Politician
1992 Passed Away Froggie
1992 Bob Roberts Chairman
1992 Hoffa Police Captain
1993 Money for Nothing Beer Belly
1995 Houseguest Happy Marcelli


  1. ^ George A. Romero in the documentary on the making of the film, The Many Days of Day of the Dead

Don Brockett Papers [1] (Don Brockett Papers, 1930-1995, CTC.2002.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh)