David Birney

David Birney

  • Highest Rated: 50% Oh, God! Book II (1980)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% Oh, God! Book II (1980)
  • Birthday: Apr 23, 1939
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Cleveland, David Birney was the son of an FBI agent, a fact kept from him until he was ten years old. A short, underweight kid, Birney built up his confidence by playing football and participating in school plays. Entering Dartmouth as a literature major, Birney transferred to the U.C.L.A. theater department. Drafted during the Vietnam War, he sang and danced in a special-services troupe. After his tour of duty, Birney made his professional acting debut at Virginia's Barter Theater in 1965. Two years later, he was working with Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, and shortly thereafter starred in the Broadway production Summertree. His first steady TV work was as a regular on the daytime serial Love Is a Many Splendored Thing. In 1972, Birney broke into prime-time as Jewish cabdriver Bernie Steinberg in the popular sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie. While the series was withdrawn due to protests from religious groups who frowned upon its mixed-marriage premise, Bridget Loves Bernie was hardly a total loss so far as Birney was concerned; in 1974, he married his B Loves B co-star, Meredith Baxter, a union that endured for nearly two decades. Though he preferred stage work (his favorite parts included Hamlet and Henry Higgins), Birney continued making TV and film appearances so that he could afford to accept the occasional high-prestige but low-salaried theatrical role. David Birney's series-TV assignments have included The Adams Chronicles (1976, as John Quincy Adams), Serpico (1977, in the title role), Glitter (1984), St. Elsewhere (1982-1983 season, as Dr. Ben Samuels), and Master of the Game (1987).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet King Richard II Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Naked Truth Actor 1992
No Score Yet Touch and Die Scanzano 1991
No Score Yet Night of the Fox Hugh Kelso 1990
No Score Yet Prettykill Larry Turner 1987
No Score Yet Seal Morning Dr. Lacy 1985
No Score Yet Master of the Game Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Five of Me Actor 1981
50% Oh, God! Book II Don Richards 1980
No Score Yet Someone Is Watching Me Paul Winkless 1978
No Score Yet The Adams Chronicles Actor 1976
No Score Yet Choice of Weapons Sir John 1976
No Score Yet Caravan To Vacares Neil Bowman 1974
No Score Yet Murder or Mercy? Actor 1974
No Score Yet Only with Married Men Actor 1974

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Leslie Warrick
  • 2007
No Score Yet Poltergeist: The Legacy
1996-1999
Father Elias
  • 1999
No Score Yet Sliders
1995-2000
Cadmus
  • 1998
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Letant
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Lawrence Ehrlich Franchesco Earl Harper
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Adam
  • 1989
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Jack McCarthy
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
Dentist
  • 1986
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Dr. Ben Samuels
  • 1985
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
Neal
  • 1976
44% Live Shot
1996
Harry Chandler Moore

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