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Overview (3)

Born in Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Birth NameDavid Joseph Clennon
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A tall, lean, sometimes bearded actor with a career lasting more than forty years, David Clennon is also a very vocal political agitator. In 1967, during the most savage years of U.S. aggression against Vietnam, Clennon turned in his Selective Service System identification card (a federal felony) and joined the draft resistance movement. His anti-war, anti-draft activities are included in the book "Confronting the War Machine," by Michael Foley. Appearing in Sam Shepard's "The Unseen Hand" in 1970, he began to establish himself in off-Broadway theater. He also performed in several regional theatres, and on Broadway, in Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard" (1977). He began his film career as a background actor in "The Way We Were" (1973). His first speaking role was in "The Paper Chase" (also 1973).

As his career developed, he always tried to follow his moral and political convictions. He has turned down roles in films (e.g., "Just Cause," which promoted the death penalty) and television (e.g., Fox's "24," which promoted torture). In 2018, Clennon engaged in a campaign to alert Emmy voters to the half-truths, distortions and omissions in Ken Burns' PBS series "The Vietnam War," which is nominated for four Emmys. (It received none.) He has been arrested for civil disobedience, and he has clashed with the Hollywood establishment.

In spite of the prevalence of type-casting, David has managed to demonstrate considerable versatility. To every role that he plays, he tries to bring a sense of reality and a spark of humanity. He tends to be cast as educated, white-collar characters, but he occasionally breaks that mold with working class characters like Palmer in John Carpenter's "The Thing (1982)." He got his first film role in 1973 in "The Paper Chase" and followed up with Bound for Glory (1976), "Coming Home" (1978), and "Being There" (1979). In his movies, he has worked with Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Meryl Streep, and Susan Sarandon. He moved into TV in the drama "The Migrants" and, with several roles, in the classic comedy "Barney Miller. He is most famous for his role as Miles Dentrell on the acclaimed drama thirtysomething (1987).

David was a regular on the CBS series "The Agency" (2001) playing the computer and forgery expert Joshua Nankin. When he publicly criticized the show for its pro-CIA slant, and its propaganda supporting George Bush's invasion of Iraq, he was attacked by Sean Hannity (with actor James Woods piling on) and political consultant Dick Morris.

Clennon appeared in three films by the late Hal Ashby and four by Costa-Gavras. He lists among his favorite films (or roles) "Being There," "Coming Home," "Go Tell the Spartans," "Missing," "Sweet Dreams," "Dos Crimenes" (Mexico), "Silver City," (Mort Seymour) "Syriana" and, of course, "The Thing" (Palmer).

In 2019, Clennon refused to audition for the upcoming Netflix series "Hit and Run" because it is co-produced by an Israeli company and he chose not to work under the authority of what he calls "a racist, apartheid state."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Carly & Dave Clennon

Family (1)

Spouse Perry Adleman (1996 - present)  (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently cast in Hal Ashby and Costa-Gavras films

Trivia (10)

Played the role of Miles Dentrel in two different series, Thirtysomething (1987) and Once and Again (1999).
Is a regular performer at New Haven's Long Wharf Theater.
Studied for three years at the Yale Drama School and spent an extra year there in the school's professional acting company.
Is a good friend of Robert Picardo. They played together in the Star Trek: Voyager (1995) episode "Nothing Human".
Studied at Notre Dame (1962-1965) and appeared in such University Theatre productions as "The Threepenny Opera" (as Macheath), "The Caretaker," "King Lear" (title role), "My Fair Lady" (as Henry Higgins), "Tartuffe", "Billy Budd" and "Hamlet" (as Guildenstern) while there.
Lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Perry Adleman, a writer and photographer who was a camera assistant for the film Bull Durham (1988), and their twins.
As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Bound for Glory (1976), Coming Home (1978), Missing (1982) and The Right Stuff (1983).
Political activist known for hands-on approach to politics. Frequently participates in rallies, readings, etc., even if the cameras aren't rolling. Has turned down roles such as in Just Cause (1995) due to his political beliefs.
In 1981, he portrayed the voice of Admiral Motti in the NPR Star Wars Radio Drama, making him one of few actors who have been in both the [Star Trek] (1966) and [Star Wars] (1977) universes.
The producers of the Israeli TV series "Fauda" offered Clennon an undisclosed role in Season 2, but Clennon publicly stated that he had rejected the opportunity because of his support for Palestinians. The show later said it was sorry Clennon didn't want to join them while adding they cast the role in question the same day he said No.

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