David Froman

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David Froman
Born David Wesley Froman
(1938-12-31)December 31, 1938
Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died February 8, 2010(2010-02-08) (aged 71)
Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–1994

David Wesley Froman (December 31, 1938 – February 8, 2010) was an American actor, born in Miami, Oklahoma, best known for his role as Lieutenant Bob Brooks on the popular television series Matlock.


Froman appeared on 56 episodes of Matlock from 1986 to 1994 as Lt. Bob Brooks. He also appeared on several other television shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such as Hill Street Blues, Trapper John, M.D., 21 Jump Street, Cheers and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he played Captain K'Nera in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Froman was also well known for his role of both Gunther Wagner, Schuyler Whitney's faithful servant, and also his twin brother, Bruno on series The Edge of Night. As Bruno, he first appeared from 1980 to 1981 and assumed Gunther’s identity. He was murdered on the show a year later. The real Gunther was brought back in the show's final years from 1982 to 1984. Gunther was featured until the end of the show acting as Sky Whitney’s chauffeur. He shared a two-year flirtation with Mitzi Martin and eventually kissed her for the first time in the show’s final telecast.

In 1986, he appeared in the TV film Blind Justice, starring Tim Matheson.

Froman also worked as a drama instructor at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma. He appeared in several productions of the Miami Little Theatre, as recently as November 2, 2009.[1]


On February 8, 2010, Froman died of cancer in Miami, Oklahoma, aged 71.[2] He is survived by his wife, Audrey and between them there are 7 children.


  1. ^ "Miami Little Theatre". Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ McKinney, Roger. "Television actor David Froman dies at age 71". The Joplin Globe. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 

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