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David Langston Smyrl (1935–2016)

David Langston Smyrl was born on September 12, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Sesame Street (1969), ER (1994) and Benson (1979). He was married to Cheryl Pajil. He died on March 22, 2016 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. See full bio »

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Sesame Street
Sesame Street Mr. Handford
ER Marty
Benson Writer
The Preacher's Wife
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 2006 Heavy Sedation (TV Series)
 2002 ER (TV Series)
- Brothers and Sisters (2002) ... Marty
 2001 Anarchy Online: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Henry Radiman (voice)
 2001 Little Senegal
 1991-1998 Law & Order (TV Series)
Artie Dickson / George Warner
- DWB (1998) ... Artie Dickson
- The Wages of Love (1991) ... George Warner (as David Smyrl)
 1990-1998 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Mr. Handford
- Monster Day (1998) ... Mr. Handford
- Mumford's Sheep Trick (1996) ... Mr. Handford
- 3385 (1995) ... Mr. Handford (as David L. Smyrl, credit only)
 1997 Babe, He Calls Me (Short)
Narrator (voice, as David Smyrl)
 1997 Malcom and Melvin (Short)
Narrator (voice, as David Smyrl)
 1997 123 Count with Me (Video short)
Mr. Handford (as David Smyrl)
 1996 Elmo Saves Christmas (Video)
Mr. Handford (as David Smyrl)
 1996 The Preacher's Wife
Hanley's Waiter
 1991 Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake (TV Movie)
Mr. Handford
 1987 Long Gone (TV Movie)
Monroe Wright
 1985-1987 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Sam Lucas / Chester / Man in Court
- Andalusian Flu (1987) ... Sam Lucas
- Denise Drives (1985) ... Sam Lucas
- The Juicer (1985) ... Sam Lucas
- Mr. Quiet (1985) ... Chester
- Clair's Case (1985) ... Man in Court (as David Lanston Smyrl)
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 1982 Benson (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Katie's Romance (1982) ... (written by)
- Street Gangs (1982) ... (written by)
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 1998 Elmopalooza! (TV Special)
Mr. Handford (as David Smyrl)
 1990 Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday (TV Movie documentary)
Narrator (voice, as David Smyrl)
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 2006 A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (Video)
Mr. Hanford (as David Smyrl)

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David L. Smyrl | David Lanston Smyrl | David Smyrl

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