David Selby

Actor, Author, Playwright
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1941 in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Are You Here 2014 (Movie)

Karl Stevens (Actor)

Rizzoli & Isles 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Deck the Halls 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Inhale 2010 (Movie)

Henry White (Actor)

The Social Network 2010 (Movie)

Gage (Actor)

Mad Men 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raising the Bar 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tell Me You Love Me 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Surviving Christmas 2004 (Movie)

Horace Vangilder (Actor)

The Mind of the Married Man 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

S.O.F. Special Ops Force 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Horton Foote's Alone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

D3: The Mighty Ducks 1996 (Movie)

Dean Buckley (Actor)

Headless Body in Topless Bar 1996 (Movie)

Bradford Lumpkin (Actor)

White Squall 1996 (Movie)

Francis Beaumont (Actor)

Intersection 1994 (Movie)

Richard Quarry (Actor)

Jackie Collins' "Lady Boss" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

Richard Geddes (Actor)

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Shortstories (10/08/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich and Famous 1981 (Movie)

Doug Blake (Actor)

Love For Rent 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

Dr Gene Seagram (Actor)

Rich Kids 1979 (Movie)

Steve Sloan (Actor)

The Super Cops 1972 (Movie)

Hantz (Actor)

Up the Sandbox 1972 (Movie)

Paul Reynolds (Actor)

Dark Shadows 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Dark Shadows 1971 (Movie)

Quentin/Charles Collins (Actor)

Doctor Franken (TV Show)

Actor

Flamingo Road (TV Show)

Actor

Larva (TV Show)

Actor

Telethon (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Hole (TV Show)

Actor

The Night Rider (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Sarah Selby

Mother

Claudeis Selby

Wife
married on August 10, 1963

Clyde Selby

Father

Amanda Selby

Daughter
born c. 1976

Brooke Selby

Daughter
born c. 1973

Jamison Selby

Son
born in May 1969 graduated from Rutgers in 1994 also serves as associate producer of the New Stage Theater Company in NYC

Craig Selby

Brother
born c. 1944

EDUCATION

West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale , Illinois

West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia 1963

Milestones

2001

Made guest appearance on "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

2000

Acted in the one-person stage drama "St. Nicholas" at the Hartford Stage (July)

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

1998

Debut as playwright, "Lincoln & James", about a civil service worker at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

1996

Cast as Jeremy Sisto's severe father in "White Squall"

1995

Had atypical screen role as a corporate lawyer with kinky sexual tastes in the independent feature "Headless Body in Topless Bar"

1993

Starred in the L.A. production of Australian playwright David Williamson's "Money and Friends"

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'"

1991

Returned to features as Campbell Scott's father in "Dying Young"

1988

Starred in the title role of the syndicated miniseries "King of the Olympics: The Lives and Loves of Avery Brundage"

1981

Last film for a decade, "Rich and Famous"

1981

Cast as the nefarious Michael Tyrone on the NBC primetime serial "Flamingo Road"

1981

Reteamed with Jane Alexander to appear in a Boston production of "Hedda Gabler"

1977

Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Washington: Behind Closed Doors"

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"

1973

Co-starred with Ron Leibman as "The Super Cops"

1972

Chosen by Barbra Streisand to be her leading man in "Up the Sandbox!"

1970

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

1970

Feature film debut in "Night of Dark Shadows", a horror film loosely inspired by the ABC serial

1969

Co-starred opposite Jill Clayburgh in "The Devil's Disciple" at Stratford, Connecticut

1968

Joined cast of the ABC Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"

1967

Worked at the Cleveland Playhouse in productions of "The Tempest" and "The Hostage"

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

1958

At age 17, moved to NYC to pursue an acting career; quit after a short time and returned home to West Virginia

Played Richard Channing on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest"

Had featured role in the Off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "The Unseen Hand"

Opened Pleasantville Children's Theatre with his wife

Had regular role of Xavier Trout on the syndicated series "Soldier of Fortune, Inc./S.O.F.: Special Ops Force"

Co-starred in the six-month national tour of "The Impossible Years"

Bonus Trivia

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"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.

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"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.

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