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Overview (4)

Born in Denver, Colorado, USA
Died in North Hollywood Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameDaniel David White
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American stage actor who appeared frequently on television and occasionally but impressively in films. A Marine Corps veteran of the Second World War, he worked on Broadway and on tour in stage productions after the war. In the late 1950s, he became an increasingly familiar face on American television, following a strong performance in the film Sweet Smell of Success (1957), in which he played the smarmy fellow who gets a dalliance with the unwilling Barbara Nichols in exchange for a favor to Tony Curtis's Sidney Falco. Cads and pompous politicians became White's strong suit, but he achieved his greatest fame as the unctuous Larry Tate on the hit TV series Bewitched (1964). He continued to work in the theatre, particularly as a member of acclaimed Theatre West company in Los Angeles and at the Mark Taper Forum there. In December, 1988, White's 33-year-old son, Jonathan, was killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, UK. White, who had been widowed soon after Jonathan's birth, was embittered and enraged by this new tragedy. He became reclusive for a time, but was returning to some social activity and theatre work when he died of a massive heart attack in 1990, just a few days prior to the second anniversary of his son's death. He was survived by his daughter.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Family (1)

Spouse Mary Welch (March 1952 - 31 May 1958)  (her death)  (1 child)
Lisa Figus (27 May 1946 - 1953)  (divorced)  (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently played bosses or businessmen
Premature grey hair

Trivia (7)

His son, Jonathan, was killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21st, 1988, over Lockerbie (Scotland, UK).
Served in the US Marine Corps in WW II.
Best remembered by the public for his role as Larry Tate in Bewitched (1964).
He had a son, Jonathan (born in 1958), with his second wife, Mary. He also had a daughter, Alexandra, with his first wife, Lisa.
His ashes are inurned at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Los Angeles) alongside those of his son.
Appeared in 188 episodes of Bewitched (1964), which is the second-most amount after its main star, Elizabeth Montgomery, (who appeared in all 254).
David White appeared once on each of the MTM shows: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Rhoda", and "Phyllis", each time playing a different character.

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