David White

David White

74 (passed away Nov. 27th, 1990)
Apr. 4th, 1916
Born in
Denver, Colorado, USA
6' 1

David White's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Bewitched TV Show
The Betty Hutton Show TV Show
The Betty Hutton Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


David White (April 4, 1916 – November 27, 1990) was an American stage, film and television actor best known for playing Darrin Stephens's boss Larry Tate in the 1964 - 1972 situation comedy Bewitched.

Born in Denver, Colorado, and later moving to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, he served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He began his acting career in live theatre, making his Broadway debut in 1949 in the original play Leaf and Bough.

White appeared on numerous television series in the 1950s and '60s. He made two guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason. In 1960 he played Henry De Garmo in the Case of the Madcap Modiste, and in 1963 he played murderer and newspaper editor Victor Kendall in The Case of the Witless Witness, He also appeared in Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, The Untouchables, The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible, Bonanza, Have Gun – Will Travel and Dick Tracy. He appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone: "I Sing the Body Electric" and "A World of Difference". Though primarily known for television roles, White did have some minor roles in notable films in the 1950s and early 1960s, such as one of the philandering executives in The Apartment, Sweet Smell of Success, and a featured role in Sunrise at Campobello.

In 1964, White was cast as the sycophantic advertising executive Larry Tate on Bewitched, which he played for the show's entire run (1964–1972). The character was the President of the McMann and Tate advertising agency, for which the character of Darrin Stephens worked. Many of the show's episodes revolved around Larry's attempts to win an advertising account. This is the role for which he would become best-known both during his life and posthumously. Larry Tate's baby boy Jonathan was named after White's son.

Following the end of Bewitched, White was a popular character actor on numerous television series for the next decade, ranging from The Love Boat, Remington Steele, The Rockford Files, Columbo: Identity Crisis, and Rhoda, to Quincy, M.E., Cagney & Lacey and Dallas. He played the role of J. Jonah Jameson in the pilot episode of the television series The Amazing Spider-Man. His final role came in 1986, on an episode of Dynasty. He also appeared in the movies The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington, Disney's Snowball Express, and had a prominent role in the 1985 remake of Brewster's Millions starring Richard Pryor.

White and Bewitched co-star, Dick York, became close friends, on and off the set and remained so up until White's death.

White married actress Mary Welch, and their son Jonathan White was born on 14 July 1955. In 1958, Mary Welch White died during a second childbirth.

He is the father of Alexandra White who was born in 1964 during his marriage to Lisa Figus. Figus was the stepmother to Jonathan White.

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.

  • Best remembered by the public for his role as Larry Tate in Bewitched (1964).
  • Had a son, Jonathan White who was killed on Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, UK.
  • Served in the US Marine Corps in WW II.

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