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Troy Donahue (1936–2001)


Troy Donahue was a journalism student at Columbia University when he began playing in stock productions. He made his film debut in Man Afraid (1957) and in 1959 signed as a contract player with Warner Bros., which promoted him to stardom with A Summer Place (1959) that year. He was soon a teenage heartthrob, his blond hair and blue eyes appearing ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Summer Place
A Summer Place Johnny Hunter
(1959)
Cry-Baby
Cry-Baby Hatchet's Father
(1990)
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part II Merle Johnson
(1974)
Monster on the Campus
Monster on the Campus Jimmy Flanders
(1958)

Filmography

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 1999 The Bixby Clown Project (Short)
Mike
 1998 Legion (TV Movie)
Flemming
 1998 Merchants of Venus
FBI Agent
 1993/II Showdown
Police Captain
 1992 The Pamela Principle (Video)
Troy
 1992/I Double Trouble
Leonard
 1991 Deadly Diamonds (Video)
Matt Plimpton
 1991 Shock 'Em Dead
Record Exec
 1990 Sexpot
Phillip
 1990 Nudity Required
Jack
 1990 Omega Cop
Slim
 1990 Cry-Baby
Hatchet's Father
 1990 Monsters (TV Series)
Dr. Thomas Becker
- Micro Minds (1990) ... Dr. Thomas Becker
 1990 The Platinum Triangle
Harold Farber
 1989 Deadly Spygames
Python
 1989 The Chilling
Dr. Miller
 1989 Blood Nasty
Barry Hefna
 1989 Hot Times at Montclair High
Mr. Nichols
 1989 Bad Blood
Jack Barnes
 1989 Sounds of Silence
Larry Haughton
 1989 Terminal Force
Slim
 1989 Dr. Alien
Dr. Ackerman
 1989 American Rampage
Police Psychiatrist
 1989 Assault of the Party Nerds (Video)
Sid Witherspoon
 1988 Hard Rock Nightmare
Uncle Gary
 1988 Hawkeye
Mayor
 1987 Deadly Prey
Don Michaelson
 1987 Hollywood Cop
Lt Maxwell
 1987 The Drifting Classroom
Taggart
 1987 Cyclone
Bob Jenkins
 1987 Fight to Win
Rosenberg
 1986 Low Blow
John Templeton
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
Donny Vinton
 1984 Katy Caterpillar
Additional Voices (English version, voice)
 1983 Tin Man
Lester
 1983 Malibu (TV Movie)
Clint Redman
 1982 Matt Houston (TV Series)
William 'Willie' Hoyt
- Joey's Here (1982) ... William 'Willie' Hoyt
 1978-1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Wallis Jaeger / Jack Terry
- The Proxy Billionaire/The Experiment (1981) ... Wallis Jaeger
- The Appointment/Mr. Tattoo (1978) ... Jack Terry
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Mr. Clark
 1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series)
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Teddy Howard
- The Games Girls Play (1978) ... Teddy Howard
 1978 CHiPs (TV Series)
Bob Niles
- Peaks and Valleys (1978) ... Bob Niles
 1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Alan Summerville
- Mystery on the Avalanche Express (1978) ... Alan Summerville
 1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (TV Mini-Series)
Merle Johnson
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Merle Johnson
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Merle Johnson
 1977 Ultraje
Daniel
 1977 The Legend of Frank Woods
Sheriff John Baxom
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Gilbert Mallory
- The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario (1976) ... Gilbert Mallory
 1974 The Godfather: Part II
Merle Johnson
 1974 South Seas
Steve
 1974 Cockfighter
Randall Mansfield
 1974 Seizure
Mark Frost
 1972 The Last Stop
Sheriff
 1971 Sweet Savior
Moon
 1969 The Lonely Profession (TV Movie)
Julian Thatcher
 1969 The Virginian (TV Series)
Bracken
- Fox, Hound and the Widow McCloud (1969) ... Bracken
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Norman Hoak
- Nightmare (1968) ... Norman Hoak
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Father Dugan
- Split Second to an Epitaph: Part 2 (1968) ... Father Dugan
- Split Second to an Epitaph: Part 1 (1968) ... Father Dugan
 1967 Come Spy with Me
Pete Barker
 1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Dr. Morgan
- Operation: Tonsils (1965) ... Dr. Morgan
 1965 My Blood Runs Cold
Ben Gunther
 1964 A Distant Trumpet
2nd Lt. Matthew 'Matt' Hazard
 1963 Palm Springs Weekend
Jim Munroe
 1959-1963 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Philip Barton / Jim McLaren / Pete
- Gift of Love (1963) ... Philip Barton
- Blow Low, Blow Blue (1963) ... Philip Barton
- Two Million Too Much (1963) ... Philip Barton
- The Long Way Home (1963) ... Philip Barton
- Go for Baroque (1963) ... Philip Barton
 1960-1962 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Sandy Winfield II / Sandy Winfield
- House on Boca Key (1962) ... Sandy Winfield II
- Pawn's Gambit (1962) ... Sandy Winfield II
- A Private Eye for Beauty (1962) ... Sandy Winfield II
- Love Song for a Deadly Redhead (1962) ... Sandy Winfield II
- Irish Pride (1962) ... Sandy Winfield II
 1962 Rome Adventure
Don Porter
 1961 Susan Slade
Hoyt Brecker
 1960-1961 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Sandy Winfield II / Star Bright
- Hot Tamale Caper: Part I (1961) ... Sandy Winfield II
- Condor's Lair (1960) ... Star Bright
 1961 Parrish
Parrish McLean
 1960 The Crowded Sky
McVey
 1960 Lawman (TV Series)
David Manning
- The Payment (1960) ... David Manning
 1960 The Alaskans (TV Series)
Ted Andrews
- Heart of Gold (1960) ... Ted Andrews
 1959 Bronco (TV Series)
Bart Donner / Roy Parrott
- The Devil's Spawn (1959) ... Bart Donner
- Backfire (1959) ... Roy Parrott
 1959 Colt .45 (TV Series)
James 'Jim' Gibson
- The Hothead (1959) ... James 'Jim' Gibson
 1959 A Summer Place
Johnny Hunter
 1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Ken Savage
- The Wild Bunch (1959) ... Ken Savage
 1959 Maverick (TV Series)
Dan Jamison
- Pappy (1959) ... Dan Jamison
 1959 Imitation of Life
Frankie
 1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Cliff Smith
- The Rawhide Kid (1959) ... Cliff Smith
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Ted Garner
- The Hunter Malloy Story (1959) ... Ted Garner
 1959 Rawhide (TV Series)
Buzz Travis
- Incident at Alabaster Plain (1959) ... Buzz Travis
 1958 Monster on the Campus
Jimmy Flanders
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Jud
- A Girl Named Sam (1958) ... Jud
 1958 The Perfect Furlough
Sgt. Nickles
 1958 Voice in the Mirror
Paul Cunningham
 1958 Wild Heritage
Jesse Bascomb
 1958 Summer Love
Sax Lewis
 1958 This Happy Feeling
Tony Manza
 1958 Man Without a Gun (TV Series)
Jan
- Night of Violence (1958) ... Jan
 1958 Live Fast, Die Young
Artie Sanders / Artie Smith
 1958 Flood Tide
Teenager at Beach (uncredited)
 1957 The Monolith Monsters
Hank Jackson (uncredited)
 1957 The Tarnished Angels
Frank Burnham
 1957 Man of a Thousand Faces
Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
 1957 Man Afraid
Reporter (uncredited)
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
R.B. Keefer (1970)
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Personal Quote:

[Discussing his role in A Summer Place (1959), with Sandra Dee] What I did basically was knock up Gidget, and you just don't do that!

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His name was used in the lyrics for the song, "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" in the musical, Grease. ("As for you Troy Donahue..."). See more »

Star Sign:

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