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David Birney

Highest Rated:   50% Oh, God! Book II (1980)
Lowest Rated:   50% Oh, God! Book II (1980)
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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 While the series was withdrawn due to protests from religious groups who frowned upon its mixed-marriage premise, Bridget Loves Bernie was hardly a total loss so far as Birney was concerned;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 Nightfall
  • Aton
1988
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 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Letant
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Dentist
  • 1986

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