David Birney

Actor, Director, Producer
Since his primetime debut in the early 1970s, this handsome, dark-haired TV actor has seemed to be on the brink of superstardom, but has had the ill fortune of never appearing on a hit series. David Birney was the toast ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1939 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Without A Trace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sliders 1988 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beyond 2000 1986 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Live Shot 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of the Fox 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American TV Poll 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Touch and Die 1991 (Movie)

Senator Scanzano (Actor)

15 and Getting Straight 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Diaries of Adam and Eve 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Job to Be Done 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

Nightfall 1988 (Movie)

Aton (Actor)

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Diabetes: Update '86 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

PrettyKill 1987 (Movie)

Sergeant Larry Turner (Actor)

Glitter 1984 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Missing... Have You Seen This Person? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Powers Play 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Master of the Game 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIV 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Greatest Heroes of the Bible 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

I Think I'm Having a Baby 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Oh, God! Book II 1980 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

Au revoir, a lundi 1978 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Serpico 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adams Chronicles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

A Choice of Weapons 1975 (Movie)

Sir John Gifford (Actor)

Bridget Loves Bernie 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Caravan to Vaccares 1973 (Movie)

Neil Bowman (Actor)

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 1967 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

A World Apart 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Always Remember I Love You (TV Show)

Actor

High Midnight (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

Love and Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

Mom, the Wolfman and Me (TV Show)

Actor

Murder or Mercy (TV Show)

Actor

Ohms (TV Show)

Actor

Only With Married Men (TV Show)

Actor

Seal Morning (TV Show)

Actor

Serpico: The Deadly Game (TV Show)

Actor

Someone's Watching Me! (TV Show)

Actor

Testimony of Two Men (TV Show)

Actor

The Five of Me (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Journey Home (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Since his primetime debut in the early 1970s, this handsome, dark-haired TV actor has seemed to be on the brink of superstardom, but has had the ill fortune of never appearing on a hit series. David Birney was the toast of the Dartmouth College drama program and worked extensively in theater before such TV series as "Bridget Loves Bernie" (CBS, 1972-73), "Serpico" (NBC, 1976-77) and "Glitter" (ABC, 1984) gave him a different profile.

Relationships

Jeanne L Birney

Mother

Peter David Edwin Birney

Son
born on October 2, 1984 twin of Molly mother, Meredith Baxter

Meredith Baxter Actor

Wife
Married 1974 Divorced 1990

Meredith Baxter

Wife
married in 1974 divorced in 1989

Edwin Birney

Father

Kate Birney

Daughter
born on December 5, 1974 mother. Meredith Baxter

Mollie Birney

Daughter
born on October 2, 1984 twin of Peter mother, Meredith Baxter

Joan Concannon

Wife
married in 1961 divorced

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire 1961
graduated with high distinction

Milestones

1996

Played King Arthur in a Southern California production of "Camelot"

1995

Played Harry Chandler Moore in "Live Shot" for UPN

1991

Played Alan Hamel in "Keeping Secrets", the Suzanne Somers story

1989

Wrote and co-starred in (with then-wife Meredith Baxter) "The Diaries of Adam and Eve", a two characted play taped from a stage performance (directed by Birney) and broadcast by PBS; also served as executive producer

1987

Debut as co-executive producer, the TV-movie, "The Long Journey Home"; also acted

1986

Hosted the future focused Australian-based series, "Beyond 2000"

1984

Played star reporter Sam Dillon on "Glitter" (ABC)

1983

Made Broadway debut as Salieri in "Amadeus"

1981

Starred as Lyon Burke in CBS remake of "Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls 1981"

1977

Starred in the syndicated miniseries "Testimony of Two Men"

1976

Played John Quincy Adams in the PBS miniseries "The Adams Chronicles"

1974

Feature acting debut, "Caravan to Vaccares"

1969

Played title role in "Hamlet" in Pennsylvania

1967

TV debut, "Saint Joan" on "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (NBC)

1967

Made off-Broadway debut, "The Comedy of Errors" at New York Shakespeare Festival

1965

Made stage debut in "Hay Fever" at Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA; also made stage directorial debut at same theatre with "The Zoo Story"

1963

Served in US Army

Played the title character Bernie Steinberg (opposite Meredith Baxter as Bridget) in the CBS sitcom "Bridget Loves Bernie"

Became regular on ABC daytime drama "A World Apart"

Played Dr. Ben Samuels on NBC's "St. Elsewhere"

Was regular on CBS soap opera, "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"

Played title role in the NBC TV series "Serpico"

Bonus Trivia

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Birney was a member of the board of overseers at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, from 1986-87.

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Birney was a visiting professor of drama at his alma mater, Dartmouth College, in 1980.

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He received an honorary degree from Southern Utah State University in 1987.

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