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David Wayne (January 30, 1914 – February 9, 1995) was an American actor with a career spanning nearly 50 years.

Early life and career

Wayne was born Wayne James McMeekan in Traverse City, Michigan, the son of Helen Matilda (née Mason) and John David McMeekan. He grew up in Bloomingdale, Michigan. Wayne's first major Broadway role was Og the leprechaun in Finian's Rainbow, for which he won the Theatre World Award and the first ever Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. While appearing in the play, he and co-star Albert Sharpe were recruited by producer David O. Selznick to play Irish characters in the film Portrait of Jennie (1948).

It was in 1948 as well that Wayne became one of those fortunate 50 applicants (out of approximately 700) granted membership in New York's newly formed Actors Studio. He was awarded a second Tony for Best Actor in a Play for The Teahouse of the August Moon and was nominated as Best Actor in a Musical for The Happy Time. He originated the role of Ensign Pulver in the classic stage comedy Mister Roberts and also appeared in Say, Darling, After the Fall, and Incident at Vichy.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

David Wayne (January 30, 1914 – February 9, 1995) was an American actor with a career spanning nearly 50 years.

Early life and career

Wayne was born Wayne James McMeekan in Traverse City, Michigan, the son of Helen Matilda (née Mason) and John David McMeekan. He grew up in Bloomingdale, Michigan. Wayne's first major Broadway role was Og the leprechaun in Finian's Rainbow, for which he won the Theatre World Award and the first ever Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. While appearing in the play, he and co-star Albert Sharpe were recruited by producer David O. Selznick to play Irish characters in the film Portrait of Jennie (1948).

It was in 1948 as well that Wayne became one of those fortunate 50 applicants (out of approximately 700) granted membership in New York's newly formed Actors Studio. He was awarded a second Tony for Best Actor in a Play for The Teahouse of the August Moon and was nominated as Best Actor in a Musical for The Happy Time. He originated the role of Ensign Pulver in the classic stage comedy Mister Roberts and also appeared in Say, Darling, After the Fall, and Incident at Vichy.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 84

Birthday 1914-01-30

Day of Death 1995-02-09

Place of Birth Traverse City - Michigan - USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Ditch and Live as Pilot of ditching B-17
2005 Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards as Grandpère Bonnard (segment "The Happy Time")
1987 Poker Alice as Amos
1985 The Golden Girls (1 episode)
1984 Crazy like a Fox (1 episode)
1984 Finders Keepers as Stapleton
1982 St. Elsewhere (3 episodes)
1982 Newhart (1 episode) as Mr. Pittman
1982 Matt Houston (4 episodes)
1979 House Calls (59 episodes)
1979 The Prize Fighter as Pop Morgan
1979 The Girls in the Office as Ben Nayfack
1978 The Gift of Love as O'Henry and Narrator
1978 Murder at the Mardi Gras
1978 Dallas (1 episode) as Willard 'Digger' Barnes
1977 Big Hawaii (1 episode)
1977 Eight Is Enough (2 episodes)
1977 In the Glitter Palace as Nate Redstone
1977 Hunter (1 episode)
1977 The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries (1 episode)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1975 Ellery Queen (22 episodes) as Inspector Richard Queen
1975 Switch (1 episode)
1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang as T.R. Clydesdale
1975 Tubby the Tuba as Pee-Wee the Piccolo
1975 It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! as Dr. Abner Sedgwick
1975 Barney Miller (1 episode)
1974 The Front Page as Roy Bensinger
1974 Huckleberry Finn as The Duke
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 The Brian Keith Show (1 episode)
1971 The African Elephant as Narrator
1971 The Good Life (15 episodes) as Charles Dutton
1971 The Andromeda Strain as Dr. Charles Dutton
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1970 The Boy Who Stole the Elephant as Colonel Rufus Ryder
1969 Arsenic and Old Lace as Teddy Brewster
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (2 episodes)
1966 CBS Playhouse (1 episode)
1966 Batman (3 episodes)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1963 Marilyn
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1961 The Big Gamble as Samuel Brennan
1960 Route 66 (1 episode)
1960 Outlaws (2 episodes)
1959 The Last Angry Man as Woodrow Thrasher
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode) as Walter Bedeker
1958 Naked City (1 episode)
1957 The Three Faces of Eve as Ralph White
1957 The Sad Sack as Corporal Larry Dolan
1956 The Naked Hills as Tracy Powell
1956 Tony Awards (1 episode) as Himself - Performer (1 episode) as Nominee / Performer
1955 The Tender Trap as Joe McCall
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1955 Norby (13 episodes) as Preston Norby
1954 Hell and High Water as Tugboat Walker
1953 How to Marry a Millionaire as Freddie Denmark
1953 Down Among the Sheltering Palms as Lt. Carl G. Schmidt
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1953 Tonight We Sing as Sol Hurok
1953 The I Don't Care Girl as Ed McCoy
1952 Omnibus (1 episode)
1952 O. Henry's Full House as Horace (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
1952 We're Not Married! as Jeff Norris
1952 Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie as Ben Halper
1952 With a Song in My Heart as Don Ross
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (2 episodes)
1951 As Young as You Feel as Joe Elliott
1951 Up Front as Joe
1951 M as Martin W. Harrow
1950 My Blue Heaven as Walter Pringle
1950 Stella as Carl Granger
1950 The Reformer and the Redhead as Arthur Maxwell
1950 What's My Line? (1 episode)
1949 Adam's Rib as Kip Lurie
1948 Portrait of Jennie as Gus O'Toole
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (4 episodes)

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