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David Wayne appeared as Digger Barnes in 4 episodes of the CBS-TV series "Dallas" in its first two seasons.
David Wayne
General Information
Birth Name: Wayne James McMeekan
Born: January 30, 1914
Birthplace: Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.
Died: February 9, 1995(1995-02-09) (aged 81)
Deathplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Spouse(s): Jane Gordon (1941-1993; her death) 3 children
Occupation: Actor
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Digger Barnes, 4 in Seasons 1 and 2

David Wayne (January 30, 1914[1] – February 9, 1995) was one of the actors who played Digger Barnes on Dallas; he in 4 episodes of the CBS-TV series Dallas in its first two seasons, beginning with the series' pilot, "Digger's Daughter".

Life and careerEdit

Born Wayne James McMeekan in Traverse City, MI; his mother died when he was four years old. Raised in nearby Bloomindale, MI, David's father was an insurance executive; his mother died when he was four. He attended Western Michigan University then worked as a statistician in Cleveland, OH, where he joined a Shakespeare repertory company. Two years later he had a minor role in "The American Way" in New York. He was rejected by the army in World War II but volunteered as an ambulance driver in North Africa.

David returned to critical acclaim on Broadway (Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill). He was the first to receive a Tony award for acting. He moved to Los Angeles in 1977 though his movie credits go back to Portrait of Jennie (1948) and Adam's Rib (1949). Among his many television roles were a bank official in his own comedy series, Norby (1955), James Merrick, a heart patient in an episode titled "Heartbeat", from the drama series Suspicion (1957), the part of Inspector Queen in the Manfred Lee's Ellery Queen (1975) series and of Digger Barnes on the CBS-TV series Dallas (1978). In his last feature film, he played an inquisitive but slightly senile train conductor in the irreverent comedy, Finders Keepers(1985).


On February 9, 1995, Wayne died in his Santa Monica, California home from complications of lung cancer at the age of 81. He was survived by his twin daughters and two grandchildren.[1] His remains were cremated and given to his family.


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