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David Ackroyd

David Ackroyd

Age
82
Birthday
May. 30th, 1940
Born in
Orange, New Jersey, USA
Height
6' 1"

David Ackroyd's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
AfterMASH TV Show
AfterMASH
History's Mysteries TV Show
History's Mysteries
Wildfire (1986) TV Show
Wildfire (1986)
Little Women TV Show
Little Women
The Round Table TV Show
The Round Table
The Yeagers TV Show
The Yeagers
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

Actor David Ackroyd was born on May 30, 1940 in Orange, New Jersey, the son of Arthur, an insurance adjuster, and Charlotte (nee Henderson) Ackroyd. He studied at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania where he received his BA in 1962 as an ROTC student. Following his graduation he appeared in community theater productions while serving in Arizona with the military. He then focused on the arts as a career after enrolling at the Yale Drama School where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts in 1968.

David gathered early professional credits at the Yale Repertory Theatre (for three seasons) and Williamstown Theatre Festival (for six seasons). He also found challenging and varied stage work outside the U.S. in Taiwan, Russia, Poland, Germany, France, and the Czech Republic.

Dark-haired with a serious handsomeness to him, he was able to extend his all-stage career into film and TV in the early 1970s, beginning with daytime leading man outings in "The Secret Storm" and "Another World". He progressed to prime time work as Gary Ewing in "Dallas" (1978) until Ted Shackelford successfully took over the role when the character moved front and center with the spin-off drama "Knots Landing" (1979). David's prime on-camera work occurred in the late 70s with a series of strong co-star roles in the mini-series "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home" (1978) with Bette Davis and "The Word" (1978), as well as the TV-movies And I Alone Survived (1978) (TV) and Women in White (1979) (TV). He then began to find supporting roles in such movies as The Mountain Men (1980), The Sound of Murder (1982), Wrestling with God (1990), Dark Angel (1990) and Prison Life (2000); however, film stardom eluded him.

Prone to playing upscale types or white-collar professionals (senators, doctors, lawyers, etc.), he appeared as a guest star on such popular programs as "Hotel", "Dynasty", "Highway to Heaven", "Murder She Wrote" and "MacGyver". He also continued to prevail on the stage with potent performances in "Unlikely Heroes", his 1971 Broadway debut, "The Rivals", "Juno and the Paycock", "Hamlet" (as Rosencrantz), "Private Lives" "Children of a Lesser God" (replacing original star John Rubinstein), "A Soldier's Play", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "Six Characters in Search of an Author", and, more recently, off-Broadway in 2003 with "It Just Catches". A well-seasoned narrator in documentary stories for the History Channel, he has sometimes utilized his well-modulated vocals for such animated cartoons as "Johnny Quest" and "Captain Planet and the Planeteers". Most of his work of late comes in the form of voice work.

Long married to wife Ruth Liming, a college admissions officer, the couple have two daughters, Jessica and Abigail. Living in Montana where he is a professor of drama at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, David is also one of the founding members of the Alpine Theatre Project which produces plays for the Whitefish Theatre Company.


TRIVIA:
  • Husband of Ruth Liming.


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