(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
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 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 a villain. Wayne also appeared in four films with Marilyn Monroe
(more than any other actor): As Young as You Feel
(1951), We're Not Married
(1952), O. Henry's Full House
(1952) (although he shared no scenes with Monroe), and How to Marry a Millionaire
(1953) where he did have scenes with Monroe. He costarred in The Tender Trap
(1955) with Frank Sinatra
, Debbie Reynolds
, and Celeste Holm
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. Also in the 1960s, Wayne was a radio host on NBC's magazine program Monitor
In 1973 on Mannix season 6 episode 22 Wayne played a hobo being hunted by the men mistaking him for a different hobo who witnesses a criminal still alive after staging his own death.
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. Susan died in 2019; her remains were cremated and given to her family.
- Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards (1951) as Himself
- Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life (1952) as Himself
- Anatomy of an Accident (1961) as John Avery
- John F. Kennedy: 1917-1963 (1979) as Narrator
- Great Catherine (1948, TV Movie)
- Norby (1955) as Preston Norby / Pearson Norby (canceled after 13 episodes)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "One More Mile to Go" (1957) as Sam Jacoby
- The Strawberry Blonde (1959, TV Movie) as Biff Grimes
- The Twilight Zone, "Escape Clause" (1959) as Walter Bedeker
- Wagon Train (1960) ('The Shad Bennington Story') as Shadrack Bennington
- Naked City, "The Multiplicity of Herbert Konish" (1962) as Herbert Konish
- Teahouse of the August Moon (1962 TV movie) as Sakini
- Kings of Broadway (1962, TV Movie) (unsold pilot)
- The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, "The 31st of February" (1963) as Andrew Anderson
- Cowboy and the Tiger (1963, TV Movie) as Narrator (unsold pilot)
- Lamp At Midnight (1966, TV Movie) as Father Firenzuola
- Batman (1966, guest villain, episodes 13, 14, 35, 36) as The Mad Hatter
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1969, TV Movie) as Teddy Brewster
- The Boy Who Stole the Elephant (1970, TV Movie) as Colonel Rufus Ryder
- Night Gallery, "The Diary" (1971) as Dr. Mill (segment "The Diary")
- Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971, TV Movie) as Himself (uncredited)
- The Good Life (1971–1972) as Charles Dutton
- The Catcher (1972, TV Movie) as Armand Faber
- The Dark Side (1972) (unsold pilot)
- The Streets of San Francisco (1972, TV Series) as Wally Sensibaugh
- Banacek ("Ten Thousand Dollars a Page") (1973) as Walter Tyson
- Hawaii Five-O ("30,000 Rooms and I Have the Key") (1974) as Horus
- Return of the Big Cat (1974, TV Movie) as Grandpa Jubal
- Barney Miller ("Bureaucrat") (1975) as E. J. Heiss
- Gunsmoke ("I Have Promises to Keep") (1973-1975) as Reverend Byrne / Judge Warfield
- It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (1975, TV Movie) as Dr. Abner Sedgwick
- Ellery Queen (1975–1976) as Inspector Richard Queen
- Once an Eagle (1976, TV Mini-Series) as Col. Terwilliger
- In the Glitter Palace (1977, TV Movie) as Nate Redstone
- Hunter ("Yesterday Upon the Stair") (1977)
- Black Beauty (1978, TV Mini-Series) as Mr. Dowling / Narrator
- Loose Change (1978, TV Mini-Series) as Dr. Moe Sinden
- Murder at the Mardi Gras (1978, TV Movie) as Mickey Mills
- Dallas (1978) as Digger Barnes
- The Gift of Love (1978, TV Movie) as O'Henry / Narrator
- The Girls in the Office (1979, TV Movie) as Ben Nayfack
- An American Christmas Carol (1979, TV Movie) as Merrivale
- Eight is Enough (1980) as Matt
- House Calls (1979–1982) as Dr. Amos Weatherby
- Murder She Wrote(1985, TV Series) as Cyrus Leffingwell
- The Golden Girls (1986) as Big Daddy
- Poker Alice (1987, TV Movie, based on the frontier gambler Poker Alice, with Elizabeth Taylor in the starring role) as Amos (final film role)
- 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 (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 (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 in 1950)
- The Teahouse of the August Moon (October 15, 1953 – March 24, 1956) (Broadway) (replaced by Burgess Meredith in 1954)
- 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 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 (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 (December 3, 1964 – May 7, 1965) (ANTA Washington Square Theatre)
- The Yearling (December 10–11, 1965) (Broadway)
- Showboat (July 1966) Lincoln Center (Role; Capt. Andy)
- The Happy Time (January 18 – September 28, 1968) (Broadway)
- ^ a b c d Lueck, Thomas J. (February 13, 1995). "David Wayne, Sprightly and Versatile Actor, Is Dead at 81". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 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 Folkart, Burt A. (February 13, 1995). "David Wayne, 81; Versatile Actor Won 2 Tony Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 December 2019. In the early days of the war he drove an ambulance in Africa for the British. After the United States joined the war he served with the U.S. Army.
- ^ "Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Archived from the original on 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- ^ a b "Search Results: David Wayne". Tony Awards. Archived from the original on 31 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- ^ Kleiner, Dick. "The Actors Studio: Making Stars Out of the Unknown," The Sarasota Journal. 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 (January 10, 2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. p. 229. ISBN 978-0-7864-8641-0. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
- ^ "David Wayne's Son Missing With a Friend in Canada". The New York Times. August 24, 1970.
- ^ "Actor's Son Believed Dead". The New York Times. August 29, 1970. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
- ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
- ^ "Barney Miller (TV series) "Bureaucrat" (1975)". IMDb. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
- ^ 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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