David Ackroyd

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David Ackroyd
Born (1940-05-30) May 30, 1940 (age 82)
Years active1969–present
SpouseRuth Liming (1963–present)
ChildrenJessica Ackroyd
Abigail Ackroyd
Parent(s)Arthur Ackroyd
Charlotte Henderson

David Ackroyd (born May 30, 1940) is an American actor, who first came to prominence in soap operas such as The Secret Storm and Another World.

Early life[edit]

On May 30, 1940, Ackroyd was born in East Orange, New Jersey; he moved to Wayne, New Jersey, when he was 12 years old.[1][2]


David Ackroyd extended his all-stage career into film and television in the early 1970s, beginning with daytime leading man outings in The Secret Storm and Another World. He progressed to work as Gary Ewing in Dallas until Ted Shackelford successfully took over the role when the character moved to the spin-off drama Knots Landing. Ackroyd later appeared on Knots Landing as a guest star, playing a different character.

In the late 1970s, he appeared in the miniseries The Dark Secret of Harvest Home as Nick Constantine; The Word and the TV movies And I Alone Survived and Exo-Man. He costarred in the short-lived series AfterMASH and A Peaceable Kingdom. He had supporting roles in The Mountain Men, Dark Angel and Xena: Warrior Princess. He voiced "John Cavanaugh/Prince Corran of Dar-Shan" in the animated series Wildfire as well as several characters in The New Yogi Bear Show, The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest and The New Adventures of Captain Planet.

On Broadway, Ackroyd appeared in Unlikely Heroes, a 1971 production of three plays based on the stories of Philip Roth; and Children of a Lesser God, in which he replaced John Rubinstein as the lead character James Leeds in 1981. Since the late 1990s and into the 2000s, Ackroyd has narrated documentaries on TV, including History's Mysteries and UFO Files: "Alien Engineering".[citation needed]

Ackroyd moved to Montana in 1996. In 2003, he co-founded the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, a professional acting company, where he is the artistic development director. The project has featured appearances by Olympia Dukakis, John Lithgow and Kelli O'Hara.[citation needed]




  • 1998 In Search of History: The Heretic King
  • 1998 The Mysteries of Amelia Earhart
  • 1998 In Search of History: The First Americans
  • 1999 History's Mysteries: The First Detective
  • 1999 History's Mysteries: The Inquisition
  • 2000 History's Mysteries: Chain Gangs
  • 2000 History's Mysteries: Body Snatchers
  • 2000 Horror or Hoax
  • 2000 History's Mysteries: Ghost Plane of the Desert - Lady Be Good
  • 2000 History's Mysteries: Amityville -The Haunting
  • 2001 History's Mysteries: Vikings, Fury from the North
  • 2005 Meteors: Fire in the Sky
  • 2006 UFO Files: Alien Engineering
  • 2006 In Search of History: Dragons
  • 2007 The Universe

Archive footage[edit]


  1. ^ Denis, Paul.Daytime TV's Star Directory, p. 30. Popular Library, 1976. Accessed July 21, 2019. "David Ackroyd Personal Life: Born in East Orange, N.J., David's family (of Irish-English background) moved to Wayne, N.J., when he was 12."
  2. ^ "Interview with David Ackroyd". YouTube. August 7, 2017.
  3. ^ The Paper Chase, Season 1, Episode 5: "Voices of Silence" (YouTube)

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