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Also Known As: David Lynn Selby Died:
Born: February 5, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Morgantown, West Virginia, USA Profession: actor, author, playwright, college instructor

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Actor David Selby was fondly remembered by legions of fans for his first major TV role, Quentin Collins, the tormented werewolf-turned-immortal, on the gothic daytime serial "Dark Shadows" (ABC, 1966-1971). Classically trained on the stage, he suddenly found himself in the midst of a true pop-culture phenomenon when he joined the cast of the supernatural-themed soap opera in 1968. After appearing in the second feature film based on the series, "Night of Dark Shadows" (1971), Selby went on to appear in the under-appreciated action comedy "The Super Cops" (1973). Sporadic TV guest appearances and supporting film roles proceeded for a time before he took on a leading role in the long-running primetime melodrama "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1982-1990). Other film roles included a turn in the family sports comedy "D3: The Mighty Ducks" (1996), and appearances on such highly regarded series as "Mad Men" (AMC, 2006- ). He also lent strong support to a film that tapped into the cultural zeitgeist in "The Social Network" (2010). With a career spanning more than 40 years, Selby continued to deliver charismatic performances in both film and on television, usually tinted with a bit of darkness, but always undeniably...

Actor David Selby was fondly remembered by legions of fans for his first major TV role, Quentin Collins, the tormented werewolf-turned-immortal, on the gothic daytime serial "Dark Shadows" (ABC, 1966-1971). Classically trained on the stage, he suddenly found himself in the midst of a true pop-culture phenomenon when he joined the cast of the supernatural-themed soap opera in 1968. After appearing in the second feature film based on the series, "Night of Dark Shadows" (1971), Selby went on to appear in the under-appreciated action comedy "The Super Cops" (1973). Sporadic TV guest appearances and supporting film roles proceeded for a time before he took on a leading role in the long-running primetime melodrama "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1982-1990). Other film roles included a turn in the family sports comedy "D3: The Mighty Ducks" (1996), and appearances on such highly regarded series as "Mad Men" (AMC, 2006- ). He also lent strong support to a film that tapped into the cultural zeitgeist in "The Social Network" (2010). With a career spanning more than 40 years, Selby continued to deliver charismatic performances in both film and on television, usually tinted with a bit of darkness, but always undeniably human.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 You Are Here (2014)
2.
 Dark Shadows (2012)
3.
 Deck the Halls (2011)
4.
 Inhale (2010)
5.
6.
 Black Hole, The (2006)
7.
 Larva (2005) Cast
8.
 Surviving Christmas (2004) Horace Vangilder
9.
 Horton Foote's Alone (1997) Paul
10.
 D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) Dean Buckley
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Milestones close milestones

1958:
At age 17, moved to NYC to pursue an acting career; quit after a short time and returned home to West Virginia
1966:
Three years after graduating from college, made decision to be an actor; joined the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia; played Abraham Lincoln in three different productions
1967:
Worked at the Cleveland Playhouse in productions of "The Tempest" and "The Hostage"
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Co-starred in the six-month national tour of "The Impossible Years"
1968:
Joined cast of the ABC Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"
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Had featured role in the Off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "The Unseen Hand"
1970:
Co-starred opposite Jill Clayburgh in "The Devil's Disciple" at Stratford, Connecticut
1971:
Originated the role of a Vietnam veteran in the Off-Broadway premiere of David Rabe's "Sticks and Bones" at the Public Theatre; did not reprise role when it transferred to Broadway
1971:
Feature film debut in "Night of Dark Shadows", a horror film loosely inspired by the ABC serial
1972:
Chosen by Barbra Streisand to be her leading man in "Up the Sandbox!"
1973:
Co-starred with Ron Leibman as "The Super Cops"
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Opened Pleasantville Children's Theatre with his wife
1974:
Primetime acting debut in an episode of "The Waltons"; portrayed an art teacher attracted to Mrs. Walton (Michael Learned)
1974:
Broadway debut as Morris Townsend opposite Jane Alexander in "The Heiress"
1977:
Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Washington: Behind Closed Doors"
1981:
Reteamed with Jane Alexander to appear in a Boston production of "Hedda Gabler"
1981:
Cast as the nefarious Michael Tyrone on the NBC primetime serial "Flamingo Road"
1981:
Last film for a decade, "Rich and Famous"
:
Played Richard Channing on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest"
1988:
Starred in the title role of the syndicated miniseries "King of the Olympics: The Lives and Loves of Avery Brundage"
1991:
Returned to features as Campbell Scott's father in "Dying Young"
1992:
Starred opposite Kelly McGillis on the Washington, DC staging of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Shakespeare Theatre
1992:
Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Jackie Collins' 'Lady Boss'"
1993:
Starred in the L.A. production of Australian playwright David Williamson's "Money and Friends"
1995:
Had atypical screen role as a corporate lawyer with kinky sexual tastes in the independent feature "Headless Body in Topless Bar"
1996:
Cast as Jeremy Sisto's severe father in "White Squall"
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Had regular role of Xavier Trout on the syndicated series "Soldier of Fortune, Inc./S.O.F.: Special Ops Force"
1998:
Debut as playwright, "Lincoln & James", about a civil service worker at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC
1998:
Starred opposite Ellen Burtsyn in a Houston production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; repeated role at the Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut in 1999
2000:
Acted in the one-person stage drama "St. Nicholas" at the Hartford Stage (July)
2001:
Made guest appearance on "Ally McBeal" (Fox)
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Education

West Virginia University: Morgantown , West Virginia -
Southern Illinois University: Carbondale , Illinois -
West Virginia University: Morgantown , West Virginia - 1963

Notes

"I'm not sure it isn't a driving force behind whatever I've done. Fear of failure. Fear the director won't like me. Fear that I won't be able to do the character right." --David Selby to Daily News, c. 1990.

"Over the years, I just let things happen. It's part of my personality. But I didn't have the driving ambition then that I have now. That's why I believe the best things still lie ahead." --Selby to Daily News, February 7, 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Claudeis Selby. Teacher. Married on August 10, 1963.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Clyde Selby. Carpenter.
mother:
Sarah Selby.
brother:
Craig Selby. Born c. 1944.
son:
Jamison Selby. Actor, screenwriter. Born in May 1969; graduated from Rutgers in 1994; also serves as associate producer of the New Stage Theater Company in NYC.
daughter:
Brooke Selby. Born c. 1973.
daughter:
Amanda Selby. Born c. 1976.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"In and Out of the Shadows"
"My Mother's Autumn"
"Happenstance"

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