David Swift

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Truly a working actor, perpetual British screen presence David Swift carved out a niche in a number of roles on U. K. television in the second half of the 20th century, notably as Henry Davenport on "Drop the Dead ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

The Paradise Club 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jack and Sarah 1996 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Drop the Dead Donkey 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Friends 1992 (Movie)

Musician (Actor)

The King of Clubs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanity Fair 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

We Think the World of You 1988 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Hans My Hedgehog 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur's Hallowed Ground 1986 (Movie)

Lionel (Actor)

Day of the Triffids 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Potting Shed 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bunker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Miserables 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard II 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Panther 1976 (Movie)

Detective Chief Superintendent (Actor)

War and Peace 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Day of the Jackal 1973 (Movie)

Montclair (Actor)

The Internecine Project 1973 (Movie)

Chester Drake (Actor)

Travels With My Aunt 1972 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1967 (Movie)

Lift Operator (Actor)

Holby City (Tv Show)

Actor

Hold the Dream (TV Show)

Actor

Jack the Ripper (TV Show)

Actor

Star Quality (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (19)

The Parent Trap 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Foolin' Around 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Foolin' Around 1980 (Movie)

(From Story)

Candleshoe 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hot l Baltimore 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

Good Neighbor Sam 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love Is a Ball 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Interns 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Peepers 1951 - 1955 (TV Show)

Writer

Jamie 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

Writer

Polly (TV Show)

From Story

Polly Comin' Home! (TV Show)

From Story

Rawhide (TV Show)

Writer

Wagon Train (TV Show)

Writer
Director (11)

Barney Miller 1965 - 1966, 1970 - 1972, 1974 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Director

The Rifleman 1958 - 1963, 1965 - 1966, 1970 - 1972, 1974 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Director

Arnie 1965 - 1966, 1970 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Director

Camp Runamuck 1965 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

Good Neighbor Sam 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Is a Ball 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Interns 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

(Director)
Visual Effects & Animation (4)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

(Cinesite) (Digital Artist)

Futurama 1958 - 1963, 1965 - 1966, 1970 - 1972, 1974 - 1982, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Visual Effects

King of the Hill 1958 - 1963, 1965 - 1966, 1970 - 1972, 1974 - 1982, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Layout Artist

Balto 1995 (Movie)

digital painter (Visual Effects)
Producer (2)

Good Neighbor Sam 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

Hellfire 1985 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Music (1)

Secret Friends 1992 (Movie)

bass player (Music)
Engineering, Electrical, & Grips (1)

Gunshy (TV Show)

Grip
Other (1)

Penn & Teller Get Killed 1989 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

Truly a working actor, perpetual British screen presence David Swift carved out a niche in a number of roles on U. K. television in the second half of the 20th century, notably as Henry Davenport on "Drop the Dead Donkey" and Alan Taylor on "Couples." After studying law at Cambridge, Swift went to work with his father in his elastic supply business and didn't appear on screen until the age of 30, working in television in small walk-on roles and bit parts. His first break came with the role of Napoleon in an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic drama "War & Peace." A small role in Fred Zinnemann's assassination drama, "The Day of the Jackal," followed, as did the key role of Alan Taylor on the British television comedy "Couples." Throughout the 1980s Swift landed dozens of dramatic and comedic TV parts, but it was in 1990 that he won the role of Davenport on comic Andy Hamilton's "Drop the Dead Donkey," which took a biting, satirical look at British politics via a TV newsroom. That role, along with a part on the sitcom "Jack & Sarah," about an American nanny in the U.K., took him through the majority of the decade, and afterwards he eased into the part of secret agent Charlie Spinner on the BBC children's television series "Oscar Charlie" for one season in 2001. This would become one of his final roles, as he retired from his screen career in 2004.

Relationships

Michelle Chodos

Daughter
survived him

Micheline Swift

Wife
married c. 1957 survived him

Wendon Swift

Daughter
survived him

Milestones

1960

Made his directorial debut with "Pollyanna"

Created the character of Mr. Peepers for Wally Cox

Served as a bomber pilot in World War II

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