David Wayne

David Wayne

  • Born on
    • January 30th, 1914
  • Died on
    • February 9th, 1995
​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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Acting (22 Credits)

1984Finders Keepers as Stapleton
1979An American Christmas Carol as Merrivale
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1975The Apple Dumpling Gang as T.R. Clydesdale
1975Ellery Queen as Inspector Richard Queen
1974Huckleberry Finn as The Duke
1974The Front Page as Roy Bensinger
1971The Andromeda Strain as Dr. Charles Dutton
1959The Last Angry Man as Woodrow Thrasher
1957The Three Faces of Eve as Ralph White
1957The Sad Sack as Corporal Larry Dolan
1955The Tender Trap as Joe McCall
1954Hell and High Water as Tugboat Walker
1953How to Marry a Millionaire as Freddie Denmark
1952With a Song in My Heart as Don Ross
1952O. Henry's Full House as Horace (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
1952We're Not Married! as Jeff Norris
1951M as Martin W. Harrow
1951As Young as You Feel as Joe Elliott
1950My Blue Heaven as Walter Pringle
1949Adam's Rib as Kip Lurie
1948Portrait of Jennie as Gus O'Toole

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