David Selby

David Selby

Age
76
Birthday
Feb. 5th, 1941
Born in
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Height
6' 3

David Selby's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Dark Shadows (1966) TV Show
Dark Shadows (1966)
Tell Me You Love Me TV Show
Tell Me You Love Me
Falcon Crest TV Show
Falcon Crest
Flamingo Road TV Show
Flamingo Road
 

Main Movie Roles

2016 - Equals
2012 - Dark Shadows
2010 - Inhale
2010 - The Social Network
2006 - Unknown
2006 - End Game
2004 - Surviving Christmas
1996 - White Squall
1996 - D3: The Mighty Ducks
1994 - Intersection
1991 - Dying Young
1972 - Up the Sandbox
0 - You Are Here

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Brubaker
3
Sgt. Jimmy O'Connor
1
Nate Fesler
1
Senator Malcolm Humphrey
1
Abraham Lincoln
1
Richard Patrick Woolsey III
1
Mr. Rohr
1
Dom Barron '07
1
Sr.
1
Michael Kagan
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Actor David Selby, highly regarded for his villainous work on both daytime and nighttime soap classics, was born 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. Following many years on the stock stage (from 1961), David finally attracted infamous attention when he signed on as Quentin Collins, a werewolf, on the gothic daytime drama "Dark Shadows" in 1968. He inherited heartthrob status briefly with the role 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. He broached top film stardom in the early 1970s after co-starring with Barbra Streisand in Up the Sandbox (1972) and Ron Leibman in The Super Cops (1974), and continued his high-profiled pace with New York theatre productions of "The Heiress" (1976), with Jane Alexander and Richard Kiley, and "Eccentricities of a Nightingale" (1976) with Betsy Palmer, but things didn't quite pan out. In the 1980s, however, steady TV work helped put an extra shot of adrenalin back into David's career, notably as the cunning Richard Channing on the nighttime soap "Falcon Crest," a role he played from 1982 until 1990. David has graced most of the popular series over the years including "The Waltons," "Police Woman," "Kojak," "Family," "Touched by an Angel," and "Ally McBeal." He has also appeared sporadically in white-collar film support with roles in Dying Young (1991), White Squall (1996) and Surviving Christmas (2004) to his credit. David continues to perform on stage as well. He portrayed Abraham Lincoln in his own play "Lincoln and James" in 1997 and 1998, and penned the play "Final Assault" which premiered in 2003. He is a staple player in radio drama with the L.A. Theatre Works these days. David and longtime wife Chip have three children.


TRIVIA:
  • 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.
  • David Selby holds a PhD. in Theater from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
  • Named his son, 'Jamison Selby' (qv), after a character on Dark Shadows.
  • 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.
  • Played the only man, other than her husband, to kiss Olivia Walton during the entire run of The Waltons.
  • 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.
  • Best known by the public for his role as Richard Channing on _"Falcon Crest" (1981)_ (qv).
  • 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.


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