81 (passed away Feb. 9th, 1995)
Jan. 30th, 1914
Traverse City, Michigan, USA
David Wayne's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1984 - Finders Keepers
1979 - The Prize Fighter
1975 - The Apple Dumpling Gang
1974 - The Front Page
1971 - The Andromeda Strain
1957 - The Three Faces of Eve
1957 - The Sad Sack
1955 - The Tender Trap
1953 - How to Marry a Millionaire
1952 - We're Not Married!
1951 - M
1951 - As Young as You Feel
1949 - Adam's Rib
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Amos Weatherby
Colonel Rufus Ryder
The Mad Hatter
Dr. George Wyler
Himself - Host
His father was an insurance executive; his mother died when he was four. He attended Western Michigan University then worked as a statistician in Cleveland where he joined a Shakespeare repertory company. Two years later he had a minor role in "The American Way" in New York. He was rejected by the army in World War II but volunteered as an ambulance driver in North Africa. He returned to critical acclaim on Broadway (Arthur Miller (I), 'Eugene ONeill (I)). He was the first to receive a Tony award for acting. He moved to Los Angeles in 1977 though his movie credits go back to Portrait of Jennie (1948) and Adam's Rib (1949). Among his many television roles were the part of Inspector Queen in the Manfred Lee's "Ellery Queen" (1975) series and of "Digger" Barnes in "Dallas" (1978).
- Three of his biggest roles on Broadway -- Og in "Finian's Rainbow," Ensign Pulver in "Mister Roberts" and Sakini in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" --were handed to other actors when they transferred to film: 'Tommy Steele' (qv), 'Jack Lemmon (I)' (qv) and 'Marlon Brando' (qv), respectively.
- In 1947, the first year that Broadway's Tony Awards were presented, he won the Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) Award for "Finian's Rainbow." He subsequently won a second Tony in 1954 as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "The Teahouse of the August Moon," and was also nominated in 1968 as Best Actor (Musical) for "The Happy Time."
- Played two consecutive unrelated characters both named Charles Dutton, in _The Andromeda Strain (1971)_ (qv) and _"The Good Life" (1971)_ (qv).
- Twin daughters Susan Wayne Kearney and Melinda Wayne. Son Timothy, deceased.
- Retired completely in 1993 after the death of his beloved wife of 52 years, Jane Gordon.
- Rejected by the army he volunteered as an ambulance driver for the British in North Africa; after the U.S joined the war he served in the US Army.
- Westport, Connecticut was Wayne's home for decades.
- He was erroneously reported as being killed in action when the Germans were victorious at the Battle of Tobruk in North Africa.
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