Who Is David Birney? Get to know who David Birney was, as the American actor and director has passed away at the age of 83.
Who Is David Birney?
David Edwin Birney was an American actor and director whose career included performances in both contemporary and classical roles in theatre, film, and television.
He was noted for his role on Bridget Loves Bernie, portraying an interfaith marriage with Meredith Baxter, whom he was married to after the end of the series.
He also played the character of Dr. Ben Samuels in St. Elsewhere from 1982 to 1983.
Birney edited and adapted for stage the two-character play that was inspired by some of Mark Twain’s lesser work and letters.
The play was based on The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain, The Diaries of Adam and Eve was telecast in the PBS series American Playhouse.
The play was later developed for stage productions, Birney directed and starred in regional theatre productions like The Hartford Stage (opening the Mark Twain Festival in Hartford) as well as The Capital Repertory Theatre, and on tour in performing arts centers across the country.
Another production, A Christmas Pudding, an evocative Christmas-themed collage of music poems, stories of the holiday season, was made available through Samuel French, Inc.
He was born on April 23, 1939, Washington, D.C., United States, and died on April 29, 2022, at his home in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 83. He was in a domestic partnership with Michele Roberge at the time of his death.
David Birney Early Life
David was born to his father, Edwin Birney, who worked as a special agent for the FBI and his mother, Jeanne Birney, who was a housewife before becoming a real estate agent.
Birney attended schools in Brooklyn, Ohio, and graduated from West High School in Cleveland. Named to the National Honor Society, he lettered in basketball, football and track.
He held a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College with “High Distinction” in English Literature, English Honors.
At University of California, Los Angeles, Birney earned an M.A. in Theatre Arts, acting and directing, studying with Ralph Freud and William Melnitz.
He held a teaching assistant fellowship and was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in Humanities from Southern Utah University.
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