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David Healy

A rotund, jovial New Yorker, David Healy obligingly played every manner of stereotypical American in British films and on television for more than thirty years. The son of an Australian father and an American mother, he spent much of his youth in Texas. Studying at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he majored in drama and befriended another young acting hopeful, named Larry Hagman. David first arrived in England as a member of the U.S. Air Force and soon wound up, along with Hagman, in the cast of a touring show written by John Briley. This later grew into The Airbase (1965), a 25-minute BBC sitcom (with David as Staff Sergeant Tillman Miller), which took a humorous look at British-American cultural differences at an RAF base. Considering his job prospects to be rather more lucrative in Britain -- in keeping with the 'bigger fish, smaller pond' theory - David soon found himself in almost continuous demand for any part which required an affable or imperious American. His long gallery of characters included diplomats, businessmen, bureaucrats, spooks, military brass, and so on. There were rare occasions, when he acted against type and played 'Britishers' -- a notable point in case being a likeable Dr. Watson, opposite charismatic Ian Richardson as Sherlock Holmes, in The Sign of Four (1983). His comedic side was showcased in guest appearances with Dick Emery and Kenny Everett and a with couple of turns in Jeeves and Wooster (1990). Though married and settled in Surrey, David took job offers on both sides of the Atlantic. He was glimpsed as a cleric in Patton (1970) and in Robert Aldrich's doomsday thriller Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977); well-cast as Teddy Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977); and he had recurring roles in TV's favourite soapie of the day, Dallas (1978). British TV audiences saw him guesting in just about every major crime series, from The Saint (1962) and Department S (1969), to The Persuaders! (1971). Simultaneously, from 1967, David pursued a successful career as a stage actor in classical plays with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. In 1975, he re-visited his roots, playing Falstaff at a Shakespeare festival in Dallas. Ever versatile, David found another calling in musicals, appearing in "Kismet", "Call Me Madam" and "The Music Man". He received much praise for his interpretation of Runyonesque gambler Nicely-Nicely Johnson (played definitively on screen by Stubby Kaye) in "Guys and Dolls", performing show-stopping encores of "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat". - IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

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May 15, 1929 In Manhattan, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Saint 1962-10-04
Latest Project:
Movie Pumpkins 2018-01-21
Known For
Poster of Labyrinth
Poster of Charlie's Angels
Poster of Patton
Poster of Paul Temple
Movie Pumpkins Punter Dave 2018-01-21
Movie Money Monster News Anchor 2016-05-12
Movie Neurons to Nirvana Himself 2013-10-19
Series Jeeves and Wooster Unknown 1990-04-22
Movie Bomber Harris Lt. Gen. Ira Eaker USAAF 1989-09-03
Movie Labyrinth Right Door Knocker (voice) 1986-06-27
Movie Supergirl Mr. Danvers 1984-07-01
Movie In Possession Jack Mervyn 1984-08-01
Series Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Jack Mervyn 1984-09-05
Movie The Sign of Four Dr. John Watson 1983-12-06
Series Filthy Rich Unknown 1982-08-09
Series Sanford Juror 1980-03-15
Movie Charlie Boy Peter 1980-10-18
Series Tales of the Unexpected Auctioneer 1979-03-24
Movie Winterspelt 1978-03-03
Series Blake's 7 Unknown 1978-01-02
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Series Lillie Unknown 1978-09-24
Movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years Theodore Roosevelt 1977-03-13
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Movie Phase IV Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited) 1974-09-01
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Series Father Brown Unknown 1974-09-26
Movie Madame Sin Braden 1972-01-15
Movie Embassy Phelan 1972-03-02
Movie Endless Night Jason 1972-10-05
Movie Lust for a Vampire Raymond Pelley 1971-01-17
Series The Persuaders! Unknown 1971-09-17
Series Jason King Unknown 1971-09-15
Movie Patton Clergyman 1970-01-25
Series UFO Joe Franklin 1970-09-16
Series Department S Unknown 1969-09-09
Series The Secret Service Unknown 1969-09-21
Series Paul Temple Unknown 1969-11-23
Series The Jazz Age Unknown 1968-09-10
Series Joe 90 Unknown 1968-09-29
Movie Isadora Chicago Theatre Manager 1968-09-14
Movie The Double Man Halstead 1967-04-25
Series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Unknown 1967-09-29
Movie Be My Guest Hilton Bass 1965-04-01
Movie Kiss Me Kate Unknown 1964-04-20
Movie The Finest Hours Newsreel Commentator 1964-09-29
Series The Sentimental Agent Unknown 1963-09-28
Series The Saint Hal Ward 1962-10-04