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David Wayne
David Wayne
(born Wayne James McMeekan, January 30, 1914[1] – February 9, 1995) was an American stage and screen actor with a career spanning over 50 years.


1 Early life and career 2 Later career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Awards 6 Filmography 7 Television work 8 Stage appearances 9 Radio appearances 10 Notes 11 References 12 External links

Early life and career[edit] Wayne was born in Traverse City, Michigan, the son of Helen Matilda (née Mason) and John David McMeekan. His mother died when he was 4.[1] He grew up in Bloomingdale, Michigan. When World War II
World War II
began Wayne volunteered as an ambulance driver with the British Army
British Army
in North Africa. When the United States entered the war he joined the United States Army.[citation needed][note 1][2] Wayne attended Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University
for two years and then went to work as a statistician in Cleveland. He began acting with Cleveland's Shakesperean repertory theatre in 1936.[2] Wayne's first major Broadway role was Og the leprechaun in Finian's Rainbow, for which he won the Theatre World Award[3] and the first ever Tony for Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical).[4] While appearing in the play, he and co-star Albert Sharpe were recruited by producer David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
to play Irish characters in the film Portrait of Jennie
Portrait of Jennie
(1948). In 1948, Wayne was one of 50 applicants (out of approximately 700) granted membership in New York's newly formed Actors Studio.[5] He was awarded a second Tony for Best Actor (Dramatic) for The Teahouse of the August Moon and was nominated as Best Actor (Musical) for The Happy Time.[4] 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. Later career[edit] In films, Wayne most often was cast as a supporting player, such as the charming cad and singer/songwriter/neighbor opposite Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
in Adam's Rib
Adam's Rib
(1949). He portrayed the child killer, originally played by Peter Lorre, in the remake of M (1951), a chance to see him in a rare leading role, even rarer as an evil character. He costarred in The Tender Trap (1955) with Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, and Celeste Holm. Wayne also appeared in four films with Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
(more than any other actor): As Young as You Feel
As Young as You Feel
(1951), We're Not Married
We're Not Married
(1952), O. Henry's Full House
O. Henry's Full House
(1952) (although he shared no scenes with Monroe), and How to Marry a Millionaire
How to Marry a Millionaire
(1953).[citation needed] In 1955, Wayne starred in the NBC
comedy Norby.[6]:771 Wayne appeared in the late 1950s on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom
The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom
and the Twilight Zone episode "Escape Clause". He starred as Darius Woodley in two 1961 episodes of NBC's The Outlaws television series with Barton MacLane. Also in 1961, Wayne appeared in the Bell Telephone Company-produced driver safety film Anatomy Of an Accident, about a family outing tragically cut short after a car accident. Wayne was known for his role as Dr. Charles Dutton in Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain (1971). He played the Mad Hatter, one of the recurring villains in the 1960s television series Batman. In 1964, he guest-starred in the series finale, "Pay Now, Die Later", of CBS's drama, Mr. Broadway, starring Craig Stevens as public relations specialist Mike Bell. In the storyline, Wayne's character, the wealthy John Zeck, hires Bell to prepare Zeck's obituary before his death.

Wayne and Jean Peters
Jean Peters
in the As Young as You Feel
As Young as You Feel
trailer, 1951

In the 1960s, Wayne was a radio host on NBC's magazine program Monitor.[citation needed] Wayne appeared as Uncle Timothy Jamison in the NBC
sitcom, The Brian Keith Show and played Charles Dutton in The Good Life.[6]:404–405 He co-starred with Jim Hutton
Jim Hutton
in the 1976 television series Ellery Queen (as Inspector Richard Queen).[6]:305 In 1978, Wayne played Digger Barnes in 4 episodes of the CBS soap opera Dallas.[6] He played James Lawrence in the ABC drama Family.[6]:324 Wayne left that show to co-star in the 1979–82 television series House Calls with Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
and later Sharon Gless
Sharon Gless
in the role of Dr. Amos Weatherby.[6]:480 Wayne's friend, Keenan Wynn, replaced Wayne in the role of Digger Barnes. Wayne made a guest appearance in a 1975 episode of Gunsmoke
titled "I Have Promises to Keep". His leading role in this episode is considered one of his best performances.[citation needed] Personal life[edit] Wayne was married to Jane Gordon in 1941 and had two daughters, Kearney Wayne and Melinda Wayne, and a son, Timothy. Timothy disappeared and was presumed drowned during a rafting trip in August 1970. Wayne's wife, daughter of opera vocalist Jeanne Gordon, died in 1993. Death[edit] On February 9, 1995, Wayne died in his Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica, California
home from complications of lung cancer at the age of 81. He was survived by his twin daughters and two grandchildren.[1] His remains were cremated and given to his family. Awards[edit] Wayne won two Tony Awards, one in 1947 for Finian's Rainbow
Finian's Rainbow
and one in 1954 for The Teahouse of the August Moon.[1] Filmography[edit] Features:

Portrait of Jennie
Portrait of Jennie
(1948) Adam's Rib
Adam's Rib
(1949) The Reformer and the Redhead
The Reformer and the Redhead
(1950) Stella (1950) My Blue Heaven (1950) Up Front (1951) M (1951) As Young as You Feel
As Young as You Feel
(1951) With a Song in My Heart (1952) Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952) We're Not Married!
We're Not Married!
(1952) O. Henry's Full House
O. Henry's Full House
(1952) The I Don't Care Girl (1953) Tonight We Sing (1953) Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1953) How to Marry a Millionaire
How to Marry a Millionaire
(1953) Hell and High Water (1954) The Tender Trap (1955) The Naked Hills (1956) The Three Faces of Eve (1957) The Sad Sack
The Sad Sack
(1957) The Last Angry Man
The Last Angry Man
(1959) The Big Gamble (1961) The Andromeda Strain (1971) The African Elephant (1971) (documentary) (narrator) Huckleberry Finn (1974) The Front Page (1974) Tubby the Tuba (1975) (voice) The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) A Place to Be (1979) (documentary) (narrator) The Prize Fighter (1979) Finders Keepers (1984) The Survivalist (1987)

Short Subjects:

Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards (1951) Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life (1952) Anatomy of an Accident (1961) John F. Kennedy: 1917-1963 (1979) (narrator)

Television work[edit]

Great Catherine (1948) Norby (1955) (canceled after 13 episodes) Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "One More Mile to Go" (1957) The Strawberry Blonde
The Strawberry Blonde
(1959) The Twilight Zone, "Escape Clause" (1959) Wagon Train
Wagon Train
(1960) 'The Shad Bennington Story' 1960 Kings of Broadway (1962) (unsold pilot) Naked City, "The Multiplicity of Herbert Konish" (1962) Cowboy and the Tiger (1963) (unsold pilot) The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, "The 31st of February" (1963) Lamp At Midnight (1966) Batman (1966) as The Mad Hatter, guest villain, episodes 13, 14, 35, 36 Arsenic and Old Lace (1969) The Boy Who Stole the Elephant (1970) Night Gallery, "The Diary" (1971) Mooch Goes to Hollywood
Mooch Goes to Hollywood
(1971) The Good Life (1971–1972) The Catcher (1972) The Dark Side (1972) (unsold pilot) The Streets of San Francisco
The Streets of San Francisco
(1972) Banacek, "Ten Thousand Dollars a Page" (1973) Return of the Big Cat (1974) Hawaii Five-O, "30,000 Rooms and I Have the Key" (1974) Barney Miller, "Bureaucrat" (1975) Gunsmoke, "I Have Promises to Keep" (1975) It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman
It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman
(1975) Ellery Queen (1975–1976) Once an Eagle (1976) (miniseries) Hunter, "Yesterday Upon the Stair" (1977) In the Glitter Palace (1977) Black Beauty
Black Beauty
(1978) (miniseries) Loose Change (1978) (miniseries) Murder at the Mardi Gras (1978) The Gift of Love (1978) Dallas (1978) The Girls in the Office (1979) Eight is Enough
Eight is Enough
(1980) House Calls (1979–1982) The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
(1986) Poker Alice
Poker Alice
(1987, based on the frontier gambler Poker Alice, with Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
in the starring role)

Stage appearances[edit]

As You Like It
As You Like It
(1935) (Cleveland) Escape This Night (April 22 – May 1938) (Broadway) Dance Night (October 14–16, 1938) (Broadway) The American Way (January 21 – September 23, 1939) (Broadway) The Scene of the Crime (March 28 – April 4, 1940) (Broadway) The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow
(Revival) (August 4, 1943 – May 6, 1944) (Broadway) Peepshow (February 3–26, 1944) (Broadway) Park Avenue (November 4, 1946 – January 4, 1947) (Broadway) Finian's Rainbow
Finian's Rainbow
(January 10, 1947 – October 2, 1948) (Broadway) (replaced by Philip Truex in February 1948) Mister Roberts (February 18, 1948 – January 6, 1951) (Broadway) (replaced by Larry Blyden
Larry Blyden
in 1950) The Teahouse of the August Moon (October 15, 1953 – March 24, 1956) (Broadway) (replaced by Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
in 1954) The Ponder Heart
The Ponder Heart
(February 16 – June 23, 1956) (Broadway) The Loud Red Patrick (October 3 – December 22, 1956) (Broadway) Say, Darling (April 3, 1958 – January 17, 1959) (Broadway) (replaced by Eddie Albert
Eddie Albert
in 1959) Send Me No Flowers (December 5, 1960 – January 7, 1961) (Broadway) Venus at Large (April 12–14, 1962) (Broadway) Too True to Be Good
Too True to Be Good
(Revival) (March 12 – June 1, 1963) (Broadway) After the Fall (January 23, 1964 – May 29, 1965) (ANTA Washington Square Theatre) Marco Millions (February 20 – June 18, 1964) (ANTA Washington Square Theatre) But For Whom Charlie (March 12 – July 2, 1964) (ANTA Washington Square Theatre) Incident At Vichy
Incident At Vichy
(December 3, 1964 – May 7, 1965) (ANTA Washington Square Theatre) The Yearling
The Yearling
(December 10–11, 1965) (Broadway) Showboat
(July 1966) Lincoln Center (Role; Capt. Andy) The Happy Time (January 18 – September 28, 1968) (Broadway)

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1952 Stars in the Air Good Sam[7]

1953 Lux Radio Theatre Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie[8]


^ Wayne's obituary in the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
says, "When World War II began he was rejected by the Army, but volunteered to serve as an ambulance driver in North Africa with the American Field Service."


^ a b c d Lueck, Thomas J. (February 13, 1995). "David Wayne, Sprightly and Versatile Actor, Is Dead at 81". New York Times. Retrieved 27 June 2015.  ^ a b Lueck, Thomas J. (February 13, 1995). "David Wayne, Sprightly and Versatile Actor, Is Dead at 81". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2017.  ^ " Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Archived from the original on 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.  ^ a b "("David Wayne" search results)". Tony Awards. Retrieved 25 July 2017.  ^ Dick Kleiner: "The Actors Studio: Making Stars Out of the Unknown," The Sarasota Journal (Friday, December 21, 1956), p. 26. "That first year, they interviewed around 700 actors and picked 50. In that first group were people like Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Tom Ewell, John Forsythe, Julie Harris, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, E.G. Marshall, Margaret Phillips, Maureen Stapleton, Kim Stanley, Jo Van Fleet, Eli Wallach, Ray Walston and David Wayne." ^ a b c d e f Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 229. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.  ^ Kirby, Walter (March 9, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 42. Retrieved May 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Kirby, Walter (May 3, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 52. Retrieved June 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

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(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
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Derek Jacobi
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Judd Hirsch
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James Earl Jones
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Ron Silver
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Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
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Bill Irwin
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Mark Rylance
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Alex Sharp
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(1947) Myron McCormick
Myron McCormick
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Yul Brynner
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Hiram Sherman
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Harry Belafonte
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Cyril Ritchard
(1955) Russ Brown (1956) Sydney Chaplin (1957) David Burns (1958) Russell Nype (1959) Tom Bosley
Tom Bosley
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Dick Van Dyke
(1961) Charles Nelson Reilly
Charles Nelson Reilly
(1962) David Burns (1963) Jack Cassidy
Jack Cassidy
(1964) Victor Spinetti
Victor Spinetti
(1965) Frankie Michaels (1966) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1967) Hiram Sherman
Hiram Sherman
(1968) Ron Holgate (1969) René Auberjonois
René Auberjonois
(1970) Keene Curtis (1971) Larry Blyden
Larry Blyden
(1972) George S. Irving (1973) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1974) Ted Ross
Ted Ross
(1975) Sammy Williams (1976) Lenny Baker (1977) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1978) Henderson Forsythe (1979) Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
(1980) Hinton Battle (1981) Cleavant Derricks (1982) Charles Coles (1983) Hinton Battle (1984) Ron Richardson
Ron Richardson
(1985) Michael Rupert (1986) Michael Maguire (1987) Bill McCutcheon (1988) Scott Wise (1989) Michael Jeter
Michael Jeter
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Ron Rifkin
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Boyd Gaines
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Dick Latessa
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Michael Cerveris
(2004) Dan Fogler
Dan Fogler
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Christian Hoff
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John Gallagher Jr.
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Raymond Massey
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Judith Evelyn
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Derek Jacobi
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Bernadette Peters
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Brian Stokes Mitchell
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Liam Neeson
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Christine Ebersole
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