Biography

Dan White was born to George & Orpha White about one mile from the Suwannee River in Falmouth, Florida. Falmouth was a small sleepy town then, as it is still today. He was one of 12 siblings who were moved to Lakeland sometime around WW I. Lakeland is where Dan was introduced into show business in 1922 at the age of 14. He ran away from home when the show moved on and traveled thousands of miles throughout the South in tent, minstrel, vaudeville and theater shows. Dan performed on stage with his brother Willard for nine years with a stock company in Tampa's old Rialto Theater. Frances Langford worked with him during this time and it was Dan who told her to go to Hollywood. During this period he met Matilda "Tilda" Mae Spivey on the stage, and married her on February 25, 1933. Tilda had a two-year-old child from a previous marriage by the name of Arthur "Art" Grant Gifford. Times were tough, so Dan had to get out of show business for a while to make some real money. In 1934 he found work with the Conservation Corps in Homestead, Florida, but show business was always in his heart. Dan knew he had what it took to "make it" in Hollywood, so he decided to make the move to California in 1935. They packed all their possessions into their Ford and started the long, arduous trek across the country. This was during the Great Depression, and money was very tight. They had to stop frequently in various cities across the country to make extra money to continue their journey. Dan was a very good auto mechanic and never had a problem finding this type of work wherever he went. This skill paid off once during the filming of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). During the "mob" scene, one of the cars they were to drive away in would not start. Dan opened the hood, stepped onto the front bumper, and had the car running in no time flat.

Date of Birth 25 March 1908, Falmouth, Florida

Date of Death 7 July 1980, Tampa, Florida

Dan White was born to George & Orpha White about one mile from the Suwannee River in Falmouth, Florida. Falmouth was a small sleepy town then, as it is still today. He was one of 12 siblings who were moved to Lakeland sometime around WW I. Lakeland is where Dan was introduced into show business in 1922 at the age of 14. He ran away from home when the show moved on and traveled thousands of miles throughout the South in tent, minstrel, vaudeville and theater shows. Dan performed on stage with his brother Willard for nine years with a stock company in Tampa's old Rialto Theater. Frances Langford worked with him during this time and it was Dan who told her to go to Hollywood. During this period he met Matilda "Tilda" Mae Spivey on the stage, and married her on February 25, 1933. Tilda had a two-year-old child from a previous marriage by the name of Arthur "Art" Grant Gifford. Times were tough, so Dan had to get out of show business for a while to make some real money. In 1934 he found work with the Conservation Corps in Homestead, Florida, but show business was always in his heart. Dan knew he had what it took to "make it" in Hollywood, so he decided to make the move to California in 1935. They packed all their possessions into their Ford and started the long, arduous trek across the country. This was during the Great Depression, and money was very tight. They had to stop frequently in various cities across the country to make extra money to continue their journey. Dan was a very good auto mechanic and never had a problem finding this type of work wherever he went. This skill paid off once during the filming of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). During the "mob" scene, one of the cars they were to drive away in would not start. Dan opened the hood, stepped onto the front bumper, and had the car running in no time flat.

Date of Birth 25 March 1908, Falmouth, Florida

Date of Death 7 July 1980, Tampa, Florida

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 94

Birthday 1908-03-25

Day of Death 1980-07-07

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 Barbershop (10 episodes) as Romadal
1975 Beyond the Bermuda Triangle as Caldas
1967 The High Chaparral (2 episodes)
1965 Green Acres (2 episodes)
1965 The Bounty Killer as Marshal Davis (as Daniel M. White)
1964 Flipper (1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction (2 episodes)
1962 To Kill a Mockingbird as Mob Leader (uncredited)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (4 episodes)
1959 The Rebel (1 episode)
1959 Attack of the Giant Leeches as Porky Reed (as Daniel White)
1959 Rawhide (3 episodes)
1958 Frontier Gun as Sam Kilgore
1958 Bat Masterson (2 episodes)
1958 The Rifleman (1 episode)
1958 The Texan (2 episodes)
1958 The Proud Rebel as Court Clerk (uncredited)
1958 Touch of Evil as Customs Officer
1958 Sea Hunt (1 episode)
1957 Gunfire at Indian Gap as Fred Moran
1957 Escape from Red Rock as Al Farris (as Daniel White)
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 Sugarfoot (1 episode)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1956 West Point (1 episode)
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1 episode)
1956 The First Traveling Saleslady as Sheriff
1956 Great Day in the Morning as Rogers (uncredited)
1956 Telephone Time (1 episode)
1955 Highway Patrol (2 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke (4 episodes)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1 episode)
1955 The Road to Denver as Man in Buckboard (as Daniel White)
1955 The Americano as Barney Dent
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 Taza, Son of Cochise
1954 She Couldn't Say No as Harley Burger
1953 Born to the Saddle as Sheriff
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Hopalong Cassidy (1 episode)
1952 Adventures of Superman (1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Kit Carson (1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (2 episodes)
1951 Rawhide as Gilchrist
1950 The Gunfighter as Card Player in Barber Shop (uncredited)
1949 Intruder in the Dust as Will Legate (uncredited)
1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Trooper (uncredited)
1949 Roseanna McCoy as Abel Hatfield
1949 The Cowboy and the Indians as Farmer (uncredited)
1949 El Paso as Henchman (uncredited)
1949 Cover Up as Gabe - Sheriff's Officer
1949 Outlaw Country as Jim McCord
1948 Gunning for Justice as Sheriff
1948 Station West as Pete
1948 Unknown Island as Crewman Edwards
1948 Sunset Carson Rides Again as Sheriff Norton
1948 Red River as Laredo
1948 Four Faces West as Clint Waters
1948 I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes as Prisoner
1948 Albuquerque as Henchman Jackson
1946 Gun Town as Joe - Henchman
1944 Harmony Trail as Henchman Bronco
1944 The Utah Kid as Henchman Slim
1944 Arizona Whirlwind as Engineer Jim Lockwood
1944 Westward Bound as Henchman Wade
1943 Boss of Rawhide as Minstrel
1943 False Colors as Bar Spectator
1943 Outlaws of Stampede Pass as Kurt, Murdered cowhand
1943 Blazing Guns as Henchman Trigger
1943 Arizona Trail as Sheriff Jones
1943 The Kansan as Barfly
1943 Border Patrol as Henchman
1942 Sheriff Of Sage Valley as Rancher
1941 Forbidden Trails as Barfly
1941 Texas as Ringsider (uncredited)
1941 The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury as Saloon Gambler
1941 The Lone Rider in Ghost Town as Townsman
1940 Too Many Girls as Faculty Extra
1940 The Howards of Virginia as Will (uncredited)
1940 Deadwood Dick as Bank Teller / Stage Agent
1940 Adventures of Red Ryder as Townsman
1940 Our Town as Wedding Guest Talking to Constable
1940 The Grapes of Wrath as Poor Man Walking with Woman in Transient Camp (uncredited)
1940 Beyond Tomorrow as Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
1939 Days of Jesse James as Irate Townsman
1939 Gone with the Wind as Minor Role (uncredited)
1939 Death Rides the Range as Townsman
1939 El Diablo Rides as Henchman
1939 Destry Rides Again as Barfly
1939 The Fighting Renegade as Henchman
1939 In Old Monterey as Man at Meeting
1939 Rough Riders' Round-up as Border Patrolman

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