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Also Known As: Wayne Mcmeekan Died: February 9, 1995
Born: January 30, 1914 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Traverse City, Michigan, USA Profession: Cast ... actor statistician
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American actor David Wayne got his start on Broadway in the late 1940s, starring in hits like "Finian's Rainbow" and "Mister Roberts." Although he was a leading man on stage, in Hollywood he was more often cast in supporting roles than as the romantic lead. Some of his more memorable roles include Kip Lurie, the sly charmer attempting to woo Katharine Hepburn's Amanda Bonner from her estranged husband Adam (Spencer Tracy) in the classic romantic comedy "Adam's Rib," and as the dashing Freddie Denmark, landlord and eventual paramour of Marilyn Monroe's Pola Debevoise in the glamorous "How To Marry A Millionaire." Wayne also worked with Monroe on two of her lesser-known early films, "We're Not Married!" and the family-business farce "As Young As You Feel." By the 1960s, Wayne was supplementing his film and stage work with regular guest roles on television, including a recurring stint as the villain the Mad Hatter on the campy "Batman" series. While Wayne continued making films in the 1970s, including a memorable lead role in the Michael Crichton sci-fi thriller "The Andromeda Strain," he began working primarily as a character actor on TV, specializing in mature authority figures. He co-starred in the series "Ellery Queen," "Dallas" (where he originated the role of Digger Barnes, family patriarch Jock Ewing's business rival), and the romantic comedy "House Calls." Wayne retired in 1987 and died February 9, 1995.

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