David Wayne

Stage Actor

David Wayne was born in Traverse City, Michigan, United States on January 30th, 1914 and is the Stage Actor. At the age of 81, David Wayne biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Wayne James McMeekan
Date of Birth
January 30, 1914
United States
Place of Birth
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Death Date
Feb 9, 1995 (age 81)
Zodiac Sign
Actor, Film Actor, Stage Actor, Television Actor
David Wayne Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 81 years old, David Wayne has this physical status:

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Hair Color
Dark brown
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David Wayne Religion, Education, and Hobbies
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Western Michigan University
David Wayne Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Jane Gordon (1941–1993; her death)
Dating / Affair
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David Wayne Life

Wayne James McMeekan, born Wayne James McMeekan, January 30, 1914 to February 9, 1995) was an American stage and screen actor with a career spanning more than 50 years.

Personal life

Wayne was married to Jane Gordon in 1941 and had two children, Susan Wayne Kearney and Melinda Wayne, as well as Timothy. During a rafting trip in August 1970, Timothy vanished and was thought to have drowned. Jeanne Gordon, Wayne's daughter and opera singer Jeanne Gordon, died in 1993. Susan died in 2019; her remains were cremated and given to her family.

During the 1952 presidential election, Wayne was a lifelong Democrat who favored Adlai Stevenson's campaign.


David Wayne Career

Early life and career

Wayne was born in Traverse City, Michigan, the son of Helen Matilda (née Mason) and John David McMeekan. He died when he was four years old. He grew up in Bloomingdale, Michigan.

Wayne lived at Western Michigan University for two years before deciding to work as a statistician in Cleveland. In 1936, he first appeared in Cleveland's Shakesperean repertory theatre.

Wayne volunteered as an ambulance driver with the British Army in North Africa as World War II began. He joined the United States Army when the country entered war.

Og the leprechaun in Finian's Rainbow was Wayne's first big Broadway role, winning the Theatre World Award and the first Tony for Actor, Supporting, or Featured (Musical). When appearing in the play, producer David O. Selznick recruited Albert Sharpe and co-star Albert Sharpe to act Irish characters in the film Portrait of Jennie (1948).

Wayne was one of 50 applicants (out of approximately 700) invited to the newly formed Actors Studio in New York in 1948. For The Teahouse of the August Moon, he received his second Tony Award for Best Actor (Dramatic) and was named as Best Actor (Musical) for The Happy Time. He starred in Mister Roberts' classic stage comedy Ensign Pulver and appeared in Say, Darling, After the Fall; and an Incident at Vichy.

Film and television career

Wayne was often cast as a supporting actor in films, such as Spencer Tracy's charming cad and singer/songwriter/neighbor opposite Katharine Hepburn in Adam's Rib (1949). In the remake of M (1951), he played the child killer, and it was even rare as a villain. In four films with Marilyn Monroe (1951), As Young As You Feel (1952), O. Henry's Full House (1952) (though he did not film with Monroe) and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), where he did have scenes with Monroe. Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, and Celeste Holm appeared in The Tender Trap (1955) together.

Wayne appeared in the NBC sitcom Norby, 1955. On ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and the Twilight Zone episode "Escape Clause," 771 Wayne appeared in the late 1950s. Darius Woodley appeared in two 1961 episodes of NBC's The Outlaws, starring Barton MacLane. Wayne appeared in the Bell Telephone Company-produced driver safety film Anatomy of an Accident, which was about a family's life being tragically cut short by a car accident in 1961.

In the 1960s television series Batman, he played the Mad Hatter, one of the recurring villains. In 1964, he appeared in "Pay Now, Die Later" of CBS's drama Mr. Broadway, starring Craig Stevens as public relations specialist Mike Bell. Wayne's character, wealthy John Zeck, is hired by Bell to prepare Zeck's obituary before his death. Wayne was also a radio host on NBC's magazine show Monitor in the 1960s.

Wayne was known for his role as Dr. Charles Dutton in Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain (1971). He also appeared as Uncle Timothy Jamison in the NBC sitcom The Brian Keith Show and portrayed Charles Dutton in The Good Life, which also on NBC. 404–405 Wayne made a guest appearance in a leading role in a 1975 episode of Gunsmoke, "I Have Promises to Keep." In the 1976 television series Ellery Queen (as Inspector Richard Queen), he co-starred with Jim Hutton (as Inspector Richard Queen).

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Wayne played a criminal on Mannix season 6 episode 22. He was mistakenly portrayed by the guys as a different hobo who sees a man who was still alive after staging his own death.

Wayne appeared in the ABC drama Family: 324, and he appeared as Digger Barnes in four episodes of the CBS soap opera Dallas. (In the role of Digger Barnes, Wayne's buddy Keenan Wynn was replaced by Wayne.) Wayne appeared in the role of Dr. Amos Weatherby in the 1979–82 television series House Calls, starring Lynn Redgrave and later Sharon Gless.

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