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Overview (3)

Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Birth NameDavid Lynn Selby
Height 6' 2¾" (1.9 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tall (6'3"), darkly handsome, seriously-looking David Selby, highly regarded for his villainous work on both daytime and nighttime soap classics, was born on February 5, 1941, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University and graduated with both B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University, then earned a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

In his hometown, he made his stage debut in 1961 and appeared in such productions as "Brigadoon," "Oklahoma!, "Tiger at the Gates" and "Romeo and Juliet (as Mercutio). He went on appear in repertory and stock productions throughout the decade in such productions as "The Last Days of Lincoln" (as Abraham Lincoln), the title role in "Oedipus Rex," "Inherit the Wind," the title role in "Krapp's Last Case," "You Can't Take It With You," "Brecht on Brecht" and "The Tempest." In New York from 1967, he appeared in "The Impossible Years" and "Sticks and Bones."

He achieved instant attention on TV when he was signed on as Quentin Collins, a werewolf, on the gothic daytime drama Dark Shadows (1966), inheriting heartthrob status and even recorded two songs during the show's run, "Quentin's Theme" and "I Wanna Dance With You." After the series' demise, he made his movie debut with Night of Dark Shadows (1971), the second film based on the cult series.

Selby toyed with film stardom in the early 1970s after co-starring as Barbra Streisand's beleaguered husband in the riotous comedy Up the Sandbox (1972), playing the lead opposite Maud Adams in the minor Canadian drama The Girl in Blue (1973), and sharing the title role with Ron Leibman in the crime comedy The Super Cops (1974)). When it didn't pan out, he aggressively turned back to TV with guest parts on "The Waltons," "Police Woman," "Kojak" and "Family," and a role in the acclaimed mini-series Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977), plus several TV movies. He also continued his high-profiled pace on the New York theatre stage with productions of "The Playboy of the Western World," "The Heiress," with Jane Alexander and Richard Kiley, and "Eccentricities of a Nightingale" opposite Betsy Palmer. He also played Brick in the 1975 national tour of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Returning to either co-star or support roles in films, David's credits would include Rich Kids (1979), Raise the Titanic (1980) and Rich and Famous (1981). He was given an extra shot of adrenalin when, in 1981, he joined the night-time soap opera scene with the second season of Flamingo Road (1980). He didn't hit real pay dirt, however, until he squared off with tough-as-nails Jane Wyman as her scheming son in the long-running series Falcon Crest (1981) in which he won a Soap Opera Digest award.

Following the end of his hit series in 1990, David returned to the big screen offering white-collar support to Julia Roberts in Dying Young (1991); Richard Gere in Intersection (1994); Jeff Bridges in White Squall (1996); James Spader in Shadow of Fear (2004); Ben Affleck in Surviving Christmas (2004); Cuba Gooding Jr. in End Game (2006); Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network (2010); a guest cameo in the Johnny Depp remake of Dark Shadows (2012); Owen Wilson in Are You Here (2013); and Kristen Stewart in Equals (2015). He also kept busy on TV with guest appearances on "Touched by an Angel," "Ally McBeal," "Cold Case," "Castle Rock," "Chicago Fire" and "NCIS: New Orleans."

Always returning to his love for the live stage, later theatrical credits include "The Crucible" (as John Proctor), "The Night of the Iguana" (as Shannon), "Much Ado About Nothing" (as Benedick), several productions of "Love Letters," "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" (as James Tyrone), "Lincoln and James" (as Lincoln, which he wrote), and "A Delicate Balance" (as Tobias). David also penned the play "Final Assault" which premiered in 2003. A long-time staple player in radio drama with the L.A. Theatre Works, he has written books of poetry, plays and several novels including Promises of Love and A Casualty of Indifference.

David and his wife Chip ran a summer children's musical theatre in New York for ten years before moving to Los Angeles. They have three children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Claudeis Newman (10 August 1963 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (45)

Named his son, Jamison Selby, after a character on Dark Shadows.
David Selby holds a PhD. in Theater from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Acted for Theatre West Virginia's 'Honey in the Rock' in 1961.
Played the only man, other than her husband, to kiss Olivia Walton during the entire run of The Waltons.
He has written two volumes of poetry "My Mother's Autumn" and "Happenstance." His first book "In and Out of the Shadows" is a career photo retrospective featuring a few of his poems.
Long married (over forty years) to wife Chip, who is also a native West Virginian, they have two daughters and a son, Jamison Selby, who is also an actor. He directed David's play "Final Assault" in Charleston, West Virginia in 2003. David and Chip ran a summer children's musical theatre in New York for ten years before moving to Los Angeles.
He is an honorary member of the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center's Advisory Board, has worked with the Governor's Honor Academy, and has made many guest appearances around the state of West Virginia. In 1989, he was honored as a distinguished alumnus of West Virginia University, and, in May 1992, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Communications and Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University. He was given the first Life Achievement Award from the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts in 1998, and he received an honorary doctorate from West Virginia University in 2004.
Quentin Collins, his Dark Shadows character, had his own theme song, "Quentin's Theme (Shadows of the Night)." Selby provided a spoken recitation of the lyrics on the original Dark Shadows soundtrack album. In the 1980s, he sang the lyrics during an appearance on Joan Rivers' late night talk show. On Dark Shadows, the instrumental version was played repeatedly on Quentin Collins' gramophone. The song is often played to introduce David Selby during television and radio interviews and during public appearances.
He is among the 2007 inductees into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame, located in the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, West Virginia.
Best known by the public for his roles as Quentin Collins on Dark Shadows (1966) and as Richard Channing on Falcon Crest (1981).
Had turned down the role of Gary Ewing on Knots Landing (1979).
His acting mentors were the late Joan Bennett.
Appeared at the Dark Shadows Hollywood Weekend held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on July 29-31. [July 2005]
Recording the radio drama "The Highest Tide" in Los Angeles for BBC Radio. [April 2008]
Participating in panel discussion at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History - "From Man to Myth: Abraham Lincoln Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" [April 2010]
Delivering the commencement address and receiving an honorary doctorate from West Virginia University. [May 2004]
Helping cast in the play he wrote - 'Final Assault'. [February 2003]
Appeared at the "Dark Shadows" 40th Anniversary Celebration held at the Brooklyn Marriott. [August 2006]
Made several appearances at bookstores on the East Coast to promote his novel, Lincoln's Better Angel. [September 2008]
Portraying Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in "The Heavens Are Hung in Black" [February 2009]
A Celebration of Stories presented by Speaking of Stories at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, California. [May 2010]
Making appearances in West Virginia to promote his latest book, A Better Place. [October 2005]
Begins filming End Game in late February in Spokane, Washington. Will be appearing in Spokane at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers Eastside on March 3. [February 2005]
Photographed arriving at HBO's Emmy after-party with wife Chip. [September 2007]
Making personal appearances in Canton, Ohio to promote a production of Final Assault, a play he wrote, at the Players Guild Theatre. [October 2007]
Appearing at the "Dark Shadows" Festival at the Burbank Airport Marriott to present his novel, "Lincoln's Better Angel." [July 2008]
Filming scenes for the SCI FI Channel movie Black Hole on location in St. Louis, Missouri. [November 2004]
Filming a recurring role as Arthur on the upcoming HBO series "Tell Me You Love Me." [September 2006]
Filming scenes for "Social Network" in Los Angeles. [January 2010]
Dark Shadows Festival's Dark Shadows in the Sun cast reunion and fan convention at the Burbank Airport Marriott in California. [July 2010]
On location in Springfield, Missouri, filming role in upcoming film with working title "Larva." [November 2003]
Appeared at Barnes & Noble bookstores in North Miami and Orlando to read from and sign copies of My Mother's Autumn, his collection of poems dealing with the loss of his mother. [June 2005]
Appearing in the LA Theatre Works presentation of Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke." [June 2008]
Reprised his Dark Shadows role of Quentin Collins in four new CD Dark Shadows audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions. [May 2006]
FestivALL, a 10-day-long annual event held in the city of Charleston, West Virginia, featuring music, theater, dance, visual art and family entertainment. David Selby was among the West Virginia writers presenting readings at an event titled In Our Own Words. The Charleston Stage Company presented a staged reading of David Selby's latest play, An Appalachia Tragedy. [June 2010]
Appeared in costume as Quentin Collins to recite the words to "Quentin's Theme" at the Dark Shadows 40th Anniversary Haunted Halloween Party at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. [October 2006]
Filming scenes for motion picture "Unknown." [April 2005]
Washington, DC, USA: Participating in Ford's Theatre Society Gala [June 2011]
Credits Joan Bennett as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Second to Lorenzo Lamas for total on-screen appearances in "Falcon Crest", appearing in 209 episodes (Jane Wyman's actual on-screen appearances was 208 episodes).
Completed the dissertation for his Ph.D. degree in the middle of Broadway auditions and the filming of his first starring television role on "Dark Shadows.".
Had frequently enjoyed working with his acting mentor Joan Bennett on the set of Dark Shadows (1966) and shared his company with her, in real-life. He later said in an interview she was a professional woman.
Popular silent film/stage and screen actress Joan Bennett took him, under her wing, when he was 27. The friendship lasted for 23 years, until Bennett's death, in late 1990.
As an actor, he was highly influenced by Joan Bennett.
Has highly praised Joan Bennett for his stardom in acting.

Personal Quotes (11)

I think family is very important in West Virginia and has long been so because the mountains made travel difficult in the past, and family members had to depend on each other.
[on differentiating 2 separate Falcon Crest (1981) characters, and of his on- and off-screen friendship with Jane Wyman, who played Angela Channing]: They fought each other on, and they delighted it. They relished those fights; and boy, we could do it! I loved Jane Wyman, she epitomized for me, everything that meant to be professional.
[When Tell Me You Love Me (2007) was expecting to be canceled]: But I had no idea that they were going to pull the plug so quickly.
I did a lot of personal appearances because I was under contract to ABC.
[on his Falcon Crest (1981) character]: Richard Channing is a wonderful character. He was a strong character. He could go out of various situations.
[When responded about how he got along well with the Falcon Crest (1981) cast, esp. Jane Wyman, who played Angela Channing]: All of the people. I enjoyed working with all of them. Jane Wyman, Jane was wonderful,... Susan Sullivan, so many of the people... and I got to play with so many, like Kim Novak, some of the old stars, Lana Turner, Gina Lollobrigida, Leslie Caron. It was quite wonderful.
[Of Falcon Crest (1981)'s downfall, beginning in 1988]: I think what happened in this show is there were too many changes of producers and writers. Now that is my opinion. And they lost focus. Another person comes in and has an idea: 'Well, I think the show should go in this direction or in that direction,' - whatever. I don't know; maybe, the ratings of that time demanded changes. Of course, now they [the network] would love to have the ratings [of that time]! I obviously did not like her [Susan's] being written off the show. And there were several instances like that. So in a way, I thought the show lost focus the last season, maybe the last couple of years. Especially the last season went into a totally different direction.
I liked the idea that Channing had found some kind of peace in his life and that he was able to make the turn - towards the light, I mean you have a choice, you have a life. We all do. And you have to pay attention to those choices - architecture, lawyer, whatever those choices come to you along the way in your life, you have to consider all right because we are all responsible for our choices, and Channing, at that point, made the choice. And I think his life may have not been as exciting, but in some aspects, maybe, he relished that because he knew that somebody loved him. I liked that aspect because that means that he had come full circle... He had gone through various... you know, gone through life and come out to say, well, as we all do, 'Life has its whatever,' but... he knows. So from that aspect, yes, [I liked the finale]. The other aspect of it - I think, of course, everyone knew that was going to be the last season. And it wasn't..., there was no sadness or anything like that simply because that particular show had run its course in a sense, though, that - I think - to a certain degree it had lost direction... as a way to go. Jane Wyman wasn't happy, and nobody was, you know. So in that regard, you know, and with the changes the company was going through, Lorimar...
[When describing the elements that were pictured on Falcon Crest (1981), as well as Dynasty (1981), Dallas (1978) and Knots Landing (1979)]: And that's the '80s! It's sort of a... an example - no, I think 'example' is not the right proper word - it is 'of its time', and it says something about the '80s, you know.
[Of his on- and off-screen chemistry with the Falcon Crest (1981) stars]: My memories of that, you know, I loved Jane Wyman, Susan Sullivan, Margaret Ladd. I talked to Lorenzo Lamas about three months ago on the phone; he was getting ready to do another series, as I recall.
[Of Jane Wyman]: I supposed a little reserved, but she had a great laugh, we loved to have fun. She was the consummate professional. She never, ever missed... the only time she ever missed being there, when you're doing close-ups or whatever, when the other actors standing next to the camera, or whatever, doing their lines. The one time that she was asked to be excused was she had to go to the hospital. She never missed - she was always there on time, always early and she didn't caught up in a lot of nonsense and all that stuff. She was there to get the job done.

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