David Newell

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David Newell
David Newell at 2010 New York Comic Con.jpg
Newell at the 2010 New York Comic Con
Born (1938-11-24) November 24, 1938 (age 75)
O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968–present

David Newell (born November 24, 1938) is a television actor known primarily for his portrayal of Mr. McFeely, the delivery man on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His character's most famous catchphrase was "Speedy Delivery!" This was Newell's major role, but not his only one as he appeared in small film and TV parts throughout the years.[citation needed] He tours the country to this day, promoting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as Mr. McFeely.[1]

Newell was born in O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh,[2] he is the director of public relations for Family Communications, Inc. Newell now resides in Pittsburgh. He used to be an English teacher at Wilkinsburg Junior/Senior High school.

Newell began his acting career at a theatre school known as the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Through connections made there, he eventually met Fred Rogers. Newell was originally hired onto the show as a public relations manager, but in addition, and Rogers also cast him in the role of Mr. McFeely. As a result, he and Rogers became lifelong friends until Rogers' death in 2003.[3]

A documentary feature about Newell entitled Speedy Delivery, which chronicles his travels around the world as Mr. McFeely, debuted on public television in 2008.[4][5]

An animated version of Mr. McFeely will be a recurring character on the new PBS series Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Canadian actor Derek McGrath will be voicing this beloved fictional postman.

Quotes[edit]

"Working with Fred Rogers was like receiving a master’s degree in child development. Fred taught by example, and he was subtle—but suddenly you’d realize that, after working side by side with him, your knowledge base had expanded almost beyond description."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neighborhood News". Family Communications. Retrieved January 16, 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ Slattery, Holden (Fall 2008). "Speedy Delivery". Pitt Magazine (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh). Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  3. ^ Speedy Delivery Film
  4. ^ The Tartan Online : *Speedy Delivery*
  5. ^ Yale Daily News - Music student pens Mister Rogers score
  6. ^ "Staff Bios". Family Communications. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 

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