Gary Sandy

Gary Sandy

  • Highest Rated: 96% The Insider (1999)
  • Lowest Rated: 25% Troll (1986)
  • Birthday: Dec 25, 1945
  • Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA
  • Widely beloved by television viewers for his memorable stint on the popular late-'70s sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, longtime actor Gary Sandy has had a rich career both before and after the show that found him nationwide fame. From stage to screen and virtually everything in between, Sandy proved equally adept at comedy, drama, and even musicals. Born in Dayton, OH, in 1945, Sandy discovered his love of acting early in life. Attending Wilmington College in Ohio before pursuing his dreams at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a role on the long-running soap opera As the World Turns gave Sandy his first chance to shine in a role created specifically for him. Villainous roles in such daytime dramas as Somerset and Another World quickly followed, and, in 1971, Sandy made his feature debut in the social drama Some of My Best Friends Are.... Simultaneously finding off-Broadway success in such productions as The Children's Mass, it was only a matter of time before the bright lights of Broadway came calling and Sandy was cast in the Franco Zeffirelli-directed production of Saturday, Sunday, Monday. In the following years, Sandy belted out tunes in such plays-turned-Broadway musicals as Sheba (from Come Back, Little Sheba), Luv, and Windy City (from The Front Page). It was during this time that roles in such small-screen features as Shell Game and The Kansas City Massacre found him increasingly recognizable to audiences nationwide. In 1978, he was cast in the role of station manager Andy Travis in the classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. As with many sitcom stars, the role would ultimately make it difficult for him to find work due to people associating Sandy too closely with his television counterpart when the show ended a successful four-year run in 1982. But two things that separated him from the pack: his talents on the stage and his marked determination to break the curse of typecasting. While subsequent appearances on Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, and Martial Law found Sandy continuing on the small screen, feature roles in such efforts as the Oscar-nominated The Insider and a coast-to-coast tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas found the dedicated actor remaining in the public eye while staying true to his craft. In 2004, Sandy was featured in the television family drama Til' the River Runs Dry.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet A Place Called Home Dr. Douglas `Doc' Hamilton 2004
No Score Yet Lightning: Fire from the Sky Luke 2001
No Score Yet Against the Law Actor 2000
96% The Insider Sandefur's Lawyer 1999
No Score Yet Unlikely Angel Charlie 1996
25% Troll Barry Tabor 1986
No Score Yet The Great Smokey Roadblock Charlie La Pere 1978
No Score Yet The Kansas City Massacre Actor 1975
No Score Yet Shell Game Actor 1975
No Score Yet Hail Tom 1972
No Score Yet Some of My Best Friends Are... Jim Paine 1971

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati
1978-1982
Andy Travis
  • 2019
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1996-2003
Wally
  • 1999
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Joe Blinn Keith Carmody
  • 1990
  • 1985
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Ray
  • 1978
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Marlowe
  • 1976

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