|avid Wayne (Jan 30. 1914 - Feb 9. 1995)|
Length: 5' 9" (1,75 m)
Jane Gordon Trix, (Dec 20, 1941 - Apr 16, 1993, her dead)
Twin daughters: Susan Kearney and Melinda (1946)
Son: Timothy (1948)
|Above right: Theatre photo of a young David Wayne.|
David Wayne was born
Wayne James McMeekan on January 30th , 1914
in Traverse City Michigan.
The chance came in 1936 when the Cleveland exposition revived the Globe theater with streamlined Shakespeare.
David Wayne first raised his voice during an extended apprenticeship at the Cleveland Playhouse in a wide variety of roles. He won the role of Touchstone in As You Like It (1935, Cleveland).
In 1938, he made his first New York stage appearance in
Escape This Night.
"Everything escaped, even the audience and I was out on the street in a
week. I did commercial recordings and some radio; it kept body and soul
together, but I was hungry oftener than not until I got the part of
Fredric March's son in 'The American Way'. That job made me a Broadway
Rejected by the army he volunteered as an ambulance driver for
the British (Eight Army) in North Africa. Two weeks before being shipped out to
Europe he married Jane Gordon, daughter of Jean
Gordon of the Metropolitan and actress. They had been playing in
summer stock and knew each other quite a while. He was erroneously reported as being killed in
action when the Germans were victorious at the Battle of Tobruk in North
Africa. After the U.S joined the war he served in the US Army
Of motion pictures he says: "I am not at all
convinced the actor has enough responsibility of creation in films. It is
too much a technician's field. That is why I think the movie actor should
return to the theater from time to time to enrich himself." His motion
picture roles proved as varied a blend as his stage work, from a
small-town barber who ages 56 years in the 1952 underrated film Wait
Till the Sun Shines, Nellie, a hillbilly in With a Song in My Heart
(1952) to theatrical impresario Sol Hurok in Tonight We Sing
He did two co-starring stints with
Marilyn Monroe We're Not Married (1952) (above top
right), and as a landlord in How to
Marry a Millionaire (1953) (above left).
His son Timothy disappeared and was assumed drowned on a rafting trip in 1970.
As Dr. Dutton he was trying to find a
cure for the Andromeda
Strain in 1971 (below top left). He was the duke in a 1974 remake of Huckleberry Finn
(below top right). His crusty Inspector Queen in the
Ellery Queen TV-series
(1975-1976) must be the definitive depiction of The Old Man although
Wayne lacked the moustache so often mentioned in the books
He passed away in Santa Monica, California February 9, 1995 from lung cancer. He was 81 years old.
David Wayne made Stanislawsky's credo his own: "Love
the art in yourself rather than yourself in the art."
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Last updated March 21, 2021
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