David Wayne (born Wayne James McMeekan, January 30, 1914 – February 9, 1995) was an American stage and screen actor with a career spanning over 50 years.
Early life and career
Wayne was born in
Traverse City, Michigan, the son of Helen Matilda (née Mason) and John David McMeekan. His mother died when he was four. He grew up in  Bloomingdale, Michigan.
World War II began Wayne volunteered as an ambulance driver with the British Army in North Africa. When the United States entered the war he joined the United States Army. [note 1]
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.
Wayne's first major
Broadway role was Og the leprechaun in , for which he won the Finian's Rainbow Theatre World Award and the first ever Tony for Actor, Supporting or Featured (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 (1948).
Portrait of Jennie
In 1948, Wayne was one of 50 applicants (out of approximately 700) granted membership in New York's newly formed
He was awarded a second Tony for Best Actor (Dramatic) for  and was nominated as Best Actor (Musical) for The Teahouse of the August Moon . The Happy Time He originated the role of  Ensign Pulver in the classic stage comedy and also appeared in Mister Roberts ; Say, Darling ; and After the Fall .
Incident at Vichy
Film and television career
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 in (1949). He portrayed the child killer, originally played by Adam's Rib Peter Lorre, in the remake of (1951), a chance to see him in a rare M leading role, even rarer as an evil character. Wayne also appeared in four films with Marilyn Monroe (more than any other actor): (1951), As Young as You Feel (1952), We're Not Married (1952) (although he shared no scenes with Monroe), and O. Henry's Full House (1953). He costarred in How to Marry a Millionaire (1955) with The Tender Trap Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, and Celeste Holm.
In 1955, Wayne starred in the NBC comedy
. Norby  : Wayne appeared in the late 1950s on 771 ABC's and the The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom episode " Twilight Zone 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 by a car accident.
He played the
Mad Hatter, one of the recurring villains in the 1960s television series . In 1964, he guest-starred in the series finale, "Pay Now, Die Later", of Batman CBS's drama, , starring Mr. Broadway 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. Also in the 1960s, Wayne was a radio host on NBC's magazine program .
Wayne was known for his role as Dr. Charles Dutton in
Michael Crichton's (1971). He also appeared as Uncle Timothy Jamison in the NBC The Andromeda Strain sitcom, and played Charles Dutton in The Brian Keith Show . The Good Life  : Wayne made a guest appearance in a leading role for a 1975 episode of 404–405 titled "I Have Promises to Keep". He co-starred with Gunsmoke Jim Hutton in the 1976 television series (as Ellery Queen Inspector Richard Queen).  :
In 1978, Wayne played
Digger Barnes in 4 episodes of the CBS soap opera . Dallas , and he played James Lawrence in the ABC drama  . Family  : Wayne co-starred in the 1979–82 television series 324 with House Calls Lynn Redgrave and later Sharon Gless in the role of Dr. Amos Weatherby.  : Wayne's friend, 480 Keenan Wynn, replaced Wayne in the role of Digger Barnes.
Wayne was married to Jane Gordon in 1941 and had two daughters, Susan Wayne Kearney 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.
On February 9, 1995, Wayne died in his
Santa Monica, California, home from complications of lung cancer at the age of 81. His remains were cremated and given to his family.
Wayne won two
Tony Awards, one in 1947 for and one in 1954 for Finian's Rainbow . The Teahouse of the August Moon
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards (1951) as Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life (1952) as Himself
Anatomy of an Accident (1961) as John Avery (1979) as Narrator John F. Kennedy: 1917-1963
(1948, TV Movie) Great Catherine
(1955) as Preston Norby / Pearson Norby (canceled after 13 episodes) Norby
, "One More Mile to Go" (1957) as Sam Jacoby Alfred Hitchcock Presents
(1959, TV Movie) as Biff Grimes The Strawberry Blonde
, " The Twilight Zone Escape Clause" (1959) as Walter Bedeker
(1960) ('The Shad Bennington Story') as Shadrack Bennington Wagon Train
, "The Multiplicity of Herbert Konish" (1962) as Herbert Konish Naked City
Teahouse of the August Moon (1962 TV movie) as Sakini
Kings of Broadway (1962, TV Movie) (unsold pilot)
, "The 31st of February" (1963) as Andrew Anderson The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Cowboy and the Tiger (1963, TV Movie) as Narrator (unsold pilot)
(1966, TV Movie) as Father Firenzuola Lamp At Midnight
(1966, guest villain, episodes 13, 14, 35, 36) as Batman The Mad Hatter
Arsenic and Old Lace (1969, TV Movie) as Teddy Brewster
(1970, TV Movie) as Colonel Rufus Ryder The Boy Who Stole the Elephant
, "The Diary" (1971) as Dr. Mill (segment "The Diary") Night Gallery
(1971, TV Movie) as Himself (uncredited) Mooch Goes to Hollywood
(1971–1972) as Charles Dutton The Good Life
The Catcher (1972, TV Movie) as Armand Faber
The Dark Side (1972) (unsold pilot)
(1972, TV Series) as Wally Sensibaugh The Streets of San Francisco
("Ten Thousand Dollars a Page") (1973) as Walter Tyson Banacek
("30,000 Rooms and I Have the Key") (1974) as Horus Hawaii Five-O
Return of the Big Cat (1974, TV Movie) as Grandpa Jubal
("Bureaucrat") (1975) as E. J. Heiss Barney Miller 
("I Have Promises to Keep") (1973-1975) as Reverend Byrne / Judge Warfield Gunsmoke
(1975, TV Movie) as Dr. Abner Sedgwick It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman
(1975–1976) as Inspector Richard Queen Ellery Queen
(1976, TV Mini-Series) as Col. Terwilliger Once an Eagle
In the Glitter Palace (1977, TV Movie) as Nate Redstone
("Yesterday Upon the Stair") (1977) Hunter
(1978, TV Mini-Series) as Mr. Dowling / Narrator Black Beauty
(1978, TV Mini-Series) as Dr. Moe Sinden Loose Change
Murder at the Mardi Gras (1978, TV Movie) as Mickey Mills
(1978) as Digger Barnes Dallas
The Gift of Love (1978, TV Movie) as O'Henry / Narrator
(1979, TV Movie) as Ben Nayfack The Girls in the Office
(1980) as Matt Eight is Enough
(1979–1982) as Dr. Amos Weatherby House Calls
(1986) as Big Daddy The Golden Girls (1987, TV Movie, based on the frontier gambler Poker Alice Poker Alice, with Elizabeth Taylor in the starring role) as Amos (final film role)
(1935) ( As You Like It 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)
(Revival) (August 4, 1943 – May 6, 1944) (Broadway) The Merry Widow
Peepshow (February 3–26, 1944) (Broadway)
(November 4, 1946 – January 4, 1947) (Broadway) Park Avenue
(January 10, 1947 – October 2, 1948) (Broadway) (replaced by Philip Truex in February 1948) Finian's Rainbow
(February 18, 1948 – January 6, 1951) (Broadway) (replaced by Mister Roberts Larry Blyden in 1950)
(October 15, 1953 – March 24, 1956) (Broadway) (replaced by The Teahouse of the August Moon Burgess Meredith in 1954)
(February 16 – June 23, 1956) (Broadway) The Ponder Heart
The Loud Red Patrick (October 3 – December 22, 1956) (Broadway)
(April 3, 1958 – January 17, 1959) (Broadway) (replaced by Say, Darling Eddie Albert in 1959)
(December 5, 1960 – January 7, 1961) (Broadway) Send Me No Flowers
Venus at Large (April 12–14, 1962) (Broadway)
(Revival) (March 12 – June 1, 1963) (Broadway) Too True to Be Good
(January 23, 1964 – May 29, 1965) ( After the Fall 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)
(December 3, 1964 – May 7, 1965) ( Incident At Vichy ANTA Washington Square Theatre)
(December 10–11, 1965) (Broadway) The Yearling
(July 1966) Lincoln Center (Role; Capt. Andy) Showboat (January 18 – September 28, 1968) (Broadway) The Happy Time
^ Wayne's obituary in the
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." Los Angeles Times
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"("David Wayne" search results)". Tony Awards. Archived from the original on 31 August 2016 . 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."
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