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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 30 January 1914Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 9 February 1995Santa Monica, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameWayne James McMeekan
Nickname Davey
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

His father was an insurance executive; his mother died when he was four. He attended Western Michigan University then worked as a statistician in Cleveland where he joined a Shakespeare repertory company. Two years later he had a minor role in "The American Way" in New York. He was rejected by the army in World War II but volunteered as an ambulance driver in North Africa. He returned to critical acclaim on Broadway (Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill). He was the first to receive a Tony award for acting. He moved to Los Angeles in 1977 though his movie credits go back to Portrait of Jennie (1948) and Adam's Rib (1949). Among his many television roles were a bank official in his own comedy series, Norby (1955), James Merrick, a heart patient in the episode Suspicion: Heartbeat (1957), the part of Inspector Queen in the Manfred Lee's Ellery Queen (1975) series and of "Digger" Barnes in Dallas (1978). In his last feature film, he played an inquisitive but slightly senile train conductor in the irreverent comedy, " Finders Keepers"(1985).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (1)

Jane Gordon Trix (20 December 1941 - 16 April 1993) (her death) (3 children)

Trivia (12)

Had twin daughters, Susan Wayne Kearney and Melinda Wayne, and one son, Timothy Wayne.
In 1947, the first year that Broadway's Tony Awards were presented, he won the Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) Award for "Finian's Rainbow". He subsequently won a second Tony Award in 1954 as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "The Teahouse of the August Moon", and was also nominated in 1968 as Best Actor (Musical) for "The Happy Time".
Had played two consecutive unrelated characters both named Charles Dutton: The Andromeda Strain (1971) and The Good Life (1971).
Retired completely in 1993 after the death of his beloved wife of 52 years, Jane Gordon.
Three of his biggest roles on Broadway -- Og in "Finian's Rainbow", Ensign Pulver in "Mister Roberts" and Sakini in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" -- were handed to other actors when they transferred to film: Tommy Steele, Jack Lemmon and Marlon Brando, respectively.
Rejected by the United States Army, he volunteered as an ambulance driver for the British in North Africa; after the United States joined the war, he served in the United States Army.
His son, Timothy Wayne, disappeared and was presumed drowned during a rafting trip in August 1970.
He was erroneously reported as being killed in action when the Germans were victorious at the Battle of Tobruk in North Africa.
He displayed his musical talents as co-star to Judy Garland on her 1955 television special. Singing and dancing, he took Fred Astaire's part with Judy in the reenactment of the "Couple of Swells" segment from Easter Parade (1948).
Parents are John David McMeekan and Helen Matilda Mason.
Westport, Connecticut was Wayne's home for decades.
He was cremated after death and his ashes were given to his family.

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