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      Thayer David

      Thayer David

      Highest Rated: 92% Rocky (1976)

      Lowest Rated: 33% House Calls (1978)

      Birthday: Mar 4, 1927

      Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, USA

      Thayer David was a film and television character actor from the late 1950s through the late '70s. A veteran of the Broadway stage before launching into television on various theater programs, David may have lacked something in appearance, but he compensated with his voice. The raspy-throated actor used his instrument to portray multiple characters on the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" from 1966 to 1971, and lent his voice to numerous commercials and narrations over his relatively brief career. In film, he was Count Saknussem in the Jules Verne-adapted 1959 fantasy epic "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with Pat Boone and James Mason, and in the early '70s he played two consecutive reverends, first in Arthur Penn's Native American drama "Little Big Man," then in the mystery horror "Night of Dark Shadows," the feature film version of the TV show, in which he co-starred with "Dark Shadows" alumni David Selby, Grayson Hall, and Kate Jackson. In 1975 and 1976, David gained wider visibility through his roles as Dragon in the Clint Eastwood action movie "The Eiger Sanction" and as the fight promoter George Jergens in the underdog boxing classic "Rocky." At the end of a busy decade, David was cast as the title detective in the TV movie pilot "Nero Wolfe," a great opportunity for him to helm a series, only to be thwarted by his early death, from a heart attack, at just 51.

      Highest rated movies

      Rocky
      Hearts of the West
      Save the Tiger
      Journey to the Center of the Earth
      A Time to Love and a Time to Die
      The Eiger Sanction
      The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
      House of Dark Shadows

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      THE STORY OF RUTH, Thayer David, 1960, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE STORY OF RUTH, Thayer David, Elana Eden, 1960, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE STORY OF RUTH, Thayer David, 1960, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE STORY OF RUTH, Viveca Lindfors, Thayer David, 1960, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, Peter Ronson, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, James Mason, Thayer David, 1959, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. PEEPER, Thayer David, Michael Caine, 1975, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE STORY OF RUTH, Thayer David, 1960, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved ROCKY, Carl Weathers, Thayer David, 1976, © United Artists PEEPER, Michael Caine, Liam Dunn, Natalie Wood, 1975, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      33% 48% House Calls Phil Pogostin (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 52% The Amazing Spider-Man Edward Byron (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 64% Spider-Man Edward Byron (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nero Wolfe Nero Wolfe (Voice) - 1977
      No Score Yet 58% The Amazing Howard Hughes Floyd Odlum (Character) - 1977
      92% 69% Rocky Jergens (Character) - 1976
      50% 57% The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Josiah Widdicombe (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Nikita Khrushchev (Character) - 1976
      90% 41% Hearts of the West Bank Manager (Character) - 1975
      67% 54% The Eiger Sanction Dragon (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Night Caller Mr. Henry (Character) - 1975
      86% 74% Save the Tiger Charlie Robbins (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 55% Happy Mother's Day, Love George Minister Pollard (Character) - 1973
      33% 50% Savages Otto Nurder (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 40% Night of Dark Shadows Rev. Strack (Character) - 1971
      43% 70% House of Dark Shadows Professor T. Eliot Stokes (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 72% The Story of Ruth Hedak (Character) - 1960
      84% 69% Journey to the Center of the Earth Count Saknussem (Character) - 1959
      80% 75% A Time to Love and a Time to Die Oscar Binding (Character) - 1958

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Clerk (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Tyrone (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trials of O'Brien Regis Thurlow (Guest Star) 1965