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David Wayne



The son of an insurance salesman, David Wayne attended Western Michigan University. While working as a statistician in Cleveland, Wayne became attracted to the local theatrical activity. Auditioning for a Shakespearean repertory company, he won the role of Touchstone in As You Like It, which he performed before an audience for the first time at the 1935 Cleveland Exposition. In 1938, he made his first New York stage appearance in Escape This Night. Classified 4F at the outbreak of World War II, Wayne volunteered for the ambulance corps, subsequently serving as a Red Cross driver in North Africa. His theatrical career really began to pick up steam after the war: cast as Og the Leprechaun in the 1947 musical hit Finian's Rainbow, he became the first actor ever to win a Tony Award. The following year, he created the role of Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts, and in 1955 he was seen as Okinawan interpreter Sakini in Teahouse of the August Moon.



While all of his major stage roles went to other actors in the film versions, Wayne enjoyed a substantial movie career of his own. Though he made his screen debut in 1947's Portrait of Jennie, Wayne was given "and introducing" billing in the Tracy/Hepburn comedy Adam's Rib (1949), in which he played capricious composer Kip Lurie. After playing Joe, cartoonist Bill Mauldin's mud-caked infantryman, in Universal's Up Front (1951), Wayne spent most of his screen time at 20th Century-Fox, where, among other things, he did two co-starring stints with Marilyn Monroe (1952's We're Not Married, 1953's How to Marry a Millionaire), played theatrical impresario Sol Hurok in Tonight We Sing (1953), starred as a tragedy-plagued small-town barber in the underrated Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie (1953) and portrayed schizophrenic Joanne Woodward's long-suffering husband in Three Faces of Eve (1957). One of Wayne's co-stars during his Fox years was Una Merkel, who once remarked "I loved David Wayne. I think he's one of the finest actors we have. He's so good they don't know what to do with him."



One place where they evidently did know what to do with Wayne was television, where he worked steadily from 1948 onward. Besides playing such prominent personages as Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain and even "Old Scratch" (in a 1961 telecast of The Devil and Daniel Webster), he appeared in classic individual episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Twilight Zone, played "special guest villain" The Mad Hatter on Batman, and was a regular on the weekly series Norby (1955), The Good Life (1973), Ellery Queen (1975, as Inspector Queen), Dallas (1978), and House Calls (1980). In addition, Wayne appeared with New York's Lincoln Center Repertory, and was one of the hosts of the NBC weekend radio potpourri Monitor. Curtailing his activities in the late 1980s, David Wayne retired altogether in 1993, after the death of his wife of 51 years.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Survivalist
  • Dub Daniels
1987
No Score Yet Poker Alice
  • Amos
1987
No Score Yet Finders Keepers
  • Stapleton
1984
No Score Yet An American Christmas Carol
  • Merrivale
1979
No Score Yet The Prize Fighter
  • Pop Morgan
1979
No Score Yet The Gift of Love
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet In the Glitter Palace
  • Redstone
1977
No Score Yet Woman Accused
  • Redstone
1977
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • Col. T.R. Clydesdale
1975
73% The Front Page
  • Bensinger
1974
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn
  • The Duke
1974
No Score Yet The African Elephant
  • Narrator
1971
67% The Andromeda Strain
  • Dr. Charles Dutton
1971
No Score Yet The Last Angry Man
  • Woodrow Wilson Thrasher
1959
93% The Three Faces of Eve
  • Ralph White
1957
No Score Yet The Naked Hills
  • Tracy Powell
1956
67% The Tender Trap
  • Joe McCall
1955
No Score Yet Hell and High Water
  • Dugboat Walker
1954
No Score Yet Tonight We Sing
  • Sol Hurok
1953
83% How to Marry a Millionaire
  • Freddie Denmark
1953
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • Horace
1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married
  • Jeff Norris
1952
No Score Yet With a Song in My Heart
  • Don Ross
1952
No Score Yet As Young as You Feel
  • Joe Elliott
1951
No Score Yet M
  • M
1951
No Score Yet Up Front (Up Front with Mauldin)
  • Joe
1951
No Score Yet My Blue Heaven
  • Walter Pringle
1950
No Score Yet The Reformer and the Redhead
  • Arthur 'Artie' Colner Maxwell
1950
100% Adam's Rib
  • Kip Lurie
1949
91% Portrait of Jennie
  • Gus O'Toole
1948

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Walter Bedeker
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • The Mad Hatter Jervis Tetch - The Mad Hatter

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