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David Wayne

​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.

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Jan 30, 1914 In Traverse City - Michigan - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Ditch and Live 1944-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards 2005-08-07
Known For
Poster of The Front Page
Poster of The African Elephant
Poster of How to Marry a Millionaire
Poster of Adam's Rib
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards Grandpère Bonnard (segment "The Happy Time") 2005-08-07
Movie Poker Alice Amos 1987-05-21
Series The Golden Girls Big Daddy 1985-09-14
Movie Finders Keepers Stapleton 1984-05-18
Series Murder, She Wrote Cyrus Leffingwell 1984-09-30
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Newhart Mr. Pittman 1982-10-02
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie The Prize Fighter Pop Morgan 1979-11-02
Movie The Girls in the Office Ben Nayfack 1979-02-01
Movie An American Christmas Carol Merrivale 1979-12-16
Series House Calls Unknown 1979-12-17
Series Dallas Digger Barnes 1978-04-02
Movie Murder at the Mardi Gras Unknown 1978-05-10
Movie The Gift of Love O'Henry and Narrator 1978-12-08
Series The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
Series Hunter Unknown 1977-02-18
Series Eight Is Enough Unknown 1977-03-15
Series Big Hawaii Unknown 1977-09-21
Movie In the Glitter Palace Nate Redstone 1977-02-23
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Movie It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! Dr. Abner Sedgwick 1975-02-21
Series Barney Miller Unknown 1975-01-23
Movie Tubby the Tuba Pee-Wee the Piccolo 1975-04-30
Series Ellery Queen Inspector Richard Queen 1975-09-11
Movie The Apple Dumpling Gang T.R. Clydesdale 1975-07-01
Series Switch Unknown 1975-09-09
Movie Huckleberry Finn The Duke 1974-05-24
Movie The Front Page Roy Bensinger 1974-12-01
Movie The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One Maynard Richards 1974-11-08
Series Barnaby Jones Raymond Lennox / 'Steele' 1973-01-28
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie The Catcher Armand Faber 1972-06-02
Series The Brian Keith Show Unknown 1972-09-15
Movie The Andromeda Strain Dr. Charles Dutton 1971-03-12
Series The Good Life Charles Dutton 1971-09-18
Movie Mooch Goes to Hollywood David Wayne (uncredited) 1971-12-31
Movie The African Elephant Narrator 1971-10-01
Movie The Boy Who Stole the Elephant Colonel Rufus Ryder 1970-09-20
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Teddy Brewster 1969-04-02
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Batman The Mad Hatter 1966-01-12
Series CBS Playhouse Unknown 1966-12-08
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Movie Marilyn Unknown 1963-04-18
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Andrew Anderson 1962-09-20
Movie The Big Gamble Samuel Brennan 1961-07-25
Series Outlaws Unknown 1960-09-26
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The Twilight Zone Walter Bedeker 1959-10-02
Movie The Last Angry Man Woodrow Thrasher 1959-10-22
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie The Three Faces of Eve Ralph White 1957-12-23
Series Suspicion Unknown 1957-09-30
Movie The Sad Sack Corporal Larry Dolan 1957-11-27
Series Tony Awards Himself - Performer 1956-04-01
Movie The Naked Hills Tracy Powell 1956-06-17
Series Norby Preston Norby 1955-01-05
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Tender Trap Joe McCall 1955-11-04
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Hell and High Water Tugboat Walker 1954-02-06
Movie The I Don't Care Girl Ed McCoy 1953-01-14
Movie Tonight We Sing Sol Hurok 1953-01-26
Movie How to Marry a Millionaire Freddie Denmark 1953-10-29
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Down among the Sheltering Palms Lt. Carl G. Schmidt 1953-03-01
Movie Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie Ben Halper 1952-06-27
Movie With a Song in My Heart Don Ross 1952-04-03
Movie O. Henry's Full House Horace (segment "The Cop and the Anthem") 1952-08-07
Movie We're Not Married! Jeff Norris 1952-07-11
Series Omnibus Unknown 1952-11-09
Movie M Martin W. Harrow 1951-03-01
Movie Up Front Joe 1951-03-05
Movie As Young as You Feel Joe Elliott 1951-06-15
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie The Reformer and the Redhead Arthur Maxwell 1950-05-05
Series What's My Line? Unknown 1950-02-02
Movie Stella Carl Granger 1950-07-20
Movie My Blue Heaven Walter Pringle 1950-09-15
Movie Adam's Rib Kip Lurie 1949-11-18
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Portrait of Jennie Gus O'Toole 1948-12-25
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Ditch and Live Pilot of ditching B-17 1944-01-01