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David Gale (I) (1936–1991)

Tall, thin and distinguished character actor David Quentin Gale was born on October 2, 1936 in Wimbledon, England. Gale began his acting career on the New York stage in the late 50s. He first started acting in both movies and television in the early 70s. With his gaunt face, lean build, and intense and imposing screen presence, David was usually ... See full bio »

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 1991 The New Adam-12 (TV Series)
Mr. Newport
- Homeless in America (1991) ... Mr. Newport
 1991 Switch
 1991 Guyver
Fulton Balcus
 1991 Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story (TV Movie)
Benny Hays
 1990 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Owens Buchanan / Attorney
- A Merry Little Christmas (1990) ... Owens Buchanan
- If I Die Before I Wake (1990) ... Attorney
 1984-1990 Dallas (TV Series)
Gerhardt / Melvin
- Heart and Soul (1990) ... Gerhardt
- Peter's Principle (1984) ... Melvin
 1990 Syngenor
Carter Brown
 1990 The First Power
 1989 War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series)
Adm. Mick Carney
- Part 10 (1989) ... Adm. Mick Carney
 1989 Nightingales (TV Series)
- Episode #1.8 (1989)
 1989 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Marvin Fitzgerald
- Izzy Ackerman or Is He Not (1989) ... Marvin Fitzgerald
 1988 Pulse Pounders
Rat Creature (The Evil Clergyman sequence)
 1988 Guns of Paradise (TV Series)
Doc Garrison
- Stray Bullet (1988) ... Doc Garrison
 1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Man on Dais at Queen's Reception (uncredited)
 1988 The Brain
Dr. Anthony Blakely
 1988 Nightingales (TV Movie)
 1988 Jakarta
 1987 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Henry Strand
- Seymourlama (1987) ... Henry Strand
 1985 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie)
 1983 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
- Cooter's Girl (1983) ... Collins
 1983 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Dr. Walter Sherin
- Trust Your Hart (1983) ... Dr. Walter Sherin
 1983 The Gold Diggers
The Expert
 1981 Dream House (TV Movie)
Will Cross
 1981 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Martin Slatin / Howard Slatin
- Episode #1.1663 (1981) ... Martin Slatin
- Episode #1.1658 (1981) ... Howard Slatin
 1981 Another World (TV Series)
Sheriff Billings
- Episode #1.4345 (1981) ... Sheriff Billings
 1979 Savage Weekend
Mac Macauley
 1978 The Big Fix
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
- A Hair-Trigger Away (1976) ... IAD Man
 1975 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
 1973 Solar Flares Burn for You (Short)
 1969 Heads (Short)
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Martin Kelly (1985)
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Beau Richardson (1976-1977)
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Father Mark Reddin (1972-1974)
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Rusty Sentell, Sr. (1982-1983)
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Listed with Now Theater For Now in the 1983-1984 volume of Theatre World. See more »

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3 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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[on acting in horror films] I thoroughly enjoy the genre, and I intend to build up a body of work in it, especially with "Re-Animator" sequels. Every actor has a ham in him, and you can't overdo it with characters like Dr. Hill and Carter Brown. But I don't want to be so over the top that I can't be captured on film. I've made that mistake, and have ended up cringing at some of my acting. Though ... See more »


Before his untimely death, he was cast as the heavy in "Ticks". He was also working on a scripted entitled "The Hydra", where he would play an investigator looking into supernatual type things. As a way to bring his character, Dr. Carl Hill, back in "Bride of Re-Animator", he suggested that a large basket be shown with two mangled arms popping out and literally stitching a body back together.

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