78 (passed away May. 6th, 2012)
Jul. 26th, 1933
New York City, New York, USA
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Yale Summers (July 26, 1933 – May 6, 2012) was an American actor, who credits included the 1960s television series, Daktari. Summers was extremely involved with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) throughout his career. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors for twenty-seven years and the National Executive Committee of SAG for eighteen years.
Summers was born in Manhattan, New York City, July 26, 1933. He was the only child of Joseph and Edlie Neuvohner. In 1955, Summers received a bachelor's degree in business with honors from Cornell University. He served in the United States Army, reaching the rank of lieutenant.
While most of his professional career centered in television, Summers actually made his acting debut in the 1961 film, Mad Dog Coll. He appeared in a recurring role on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, as Dr. Bob Ayres during the 1964-1965 television season. His best known role maybe the CBS series, Daktari. Summers was cast as Jack Dane, the show's second male lead, starring from 1966 to 1968. He co-starred in the NBC daytime series, Return to Peyton Place, as the character, Rodney Harrington, from 1972 to 1974. His additional television roles included guest spots on My Favorite Martian, My Three Sons, The Outer Limits , Quincy, M.E., Fantasy Island and The Donna Reed Show.
Summers was deeply involved with the governance of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). He was a founding member of the SAG Awards Committee, later serving as the committees chairman. Summers was a producer and co-founder of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, producing the awards from 1995 until 2009.
He was a member of the SAG National Board of Directors for twenty-seven years. He also served as a member of the SAG National Executive Committee for eighteen years. In addition to his positions on these SAG committees, Summers served as the former national treasurer and the recording secretary for SAG. Summers was also a trustee of the SAG Pension and Health Funds and a member of the board for the SAG Foundation. In 2008, the Screen Actors Guild awarded Summers the Ralph Morgan Award for his service and involvement with the union.
Summers was also active with another actors' union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Summers served for a combined 24-years on the board of both the National Board of Directors of AFTRA and the union's local Los Angeles chapter of AFTRA.
Yale Summers died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Beverly Hills, California, on May 6, 2012, at the age of 78. He was survived by his wife, Suzie Summers, two children, and two grandchildren.
Actor and former SAG President Ed Asner said of Summers, "Yale was a good man and a good friend who was totally dedicated to his belief in the union. He was completely unbiased and never took sides. He had a purist vision of how the guild should be run and wasn't swayed by the influence of special interest groups. He put the best interest of the guild and union first. I'm deeply sorry for his passing."
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