Dan White

Dan White

  • Born on
    • March 25th, 1908
  • Died on
    • July 7th, 1980
Dan White (March 25, 1908 - July 7, 1980) 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

Starring Dan White on Plex


Acting (35 Credits)

1962To Kill a Mockingbird as Mob Leader (uncredited)
1959Attack of the Giant Leeches as Porky Reed (as Daniel White)
1958The Proud Rebel as Court Clerk (uncredited)
1958Touch of Evil as Customs Officer (uncredited)
1956The First Traveling Saleslady as Sheriff
1956Great Day in the Morning as Rogers
1955The Americano as Barney Dent
1955The Tall Men
1954Taza, Son of Cochise as Tiswin Charlie
1953She Couldn't Say No as Harley Burger
1952Horizons West as Dennis
1951Rawhide as Gilchrist
1951The Tall Target as Passenger in Club Car (uncredited)
1950A Lady Without Passport as Airport Dispatcher (uncredited)
1950The Gunfighter as Card Player in Barber Shop (uncredited)
1949Cover Up as Gabe
1949She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Trooper (uncredited)
1949Intruder in the Dust as Will Legate (uncredited)
1948Unknown Island as Crewman Edwards
1948Four Faces West as Clint Waters
1948Station West as Pete
1948Albuquerque as Henchman Jackson
1948Red River as Laredo (uncredited)
1946Duel in the Sun
1944Voodoo Man as Deputy
1941Texas as Ringsider (uncredited)
1940Beyond Tomorrow as Gas Station Attendant (Uncredited)
1940Our Town as Wedding Guest Talking to Constable
1940The Howards of Virginia as Will (uncredited)
1940Too Many Girls as Faculty Extra
1940The Grapes of Wrath as Poor Man Walking with Woman in Transient Camp (uncredited)
1939Days of Jesse James as Irate Townsman (uncredited)
1939In Old Monterey as Man at Meeting
1939Destry Rides Again as Barfly (uncredited)
1939Gone with the Wind as Minor Role (uncredited)

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