David Naughton

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David Naughton
David Naughton in 2011
Born David Walsh Naughton
(1951-02-13) February 13, 1951 (age 66)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Denise Stephens (1977–?)
Deborah Dutton (1985–?)
Seann Sara Sella (2007–2009)
Relatives James Naughton

David Walsh Naughton (born February 13, 1951) is an American actor and singer known for his starring roles in the 1981 horror film, An American Werewolf in London, and the 1980 Disney comedy, Midnight Madness. He also starred in the short-lived sitcom Makin' It and sang its hit theme song "Makin' It".

Life and career[edit]

Naughton was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Rosemary (née Walsh) and Joseph Naughton, both of whom were teachers.[1] He is the younger brother of theater and film actor James Naughton. His family is Irish American.[2] Naughton attended the University of Pennsylvania[3] and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.[4] Naughton was an Assistant Stage Manager and Understudy for the Broadway production of Hugh Leonard's Da.[5]

Naughton first became widely known as a result of his four-year stint singing and dancing in TV commercials and personal appearances to promote Dr Pepper.[6] He starred in the sitcom Makin' It and hit the Billboard Top Ten in 1979 with the show's theme song, also titled "Makin' It". A US million selling disc, the track also peaked at #44 in the UK Singles Chart.[7] In 1980, he starred in Midnight Madness followed in 1981 by his lead role in the Academy Award-winning horror film An American Werewolf in London. He also appeared in the television series My Sister Sam and also in episodes of MacGyver, Melrose Place, Murder, She Wrote, JAG and Seinfeld.

Dr. Pepper ended its relationship with Naughton after he appeared nude in An American Werewolf in London.



  1. ^ "David Naughton Biography (1951-)". Film Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Actor's angels heaven-sent James Naughton has waited a lifetime for this 'breakout' role". Miami Herald. 3 June 1990. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  3. ^ "David Naughton Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on August 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Sue (28 September 1981). "David Naughton Trades Dr Pepper for London Moonshine". People. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  5. ^ League, The Broadway. "Da – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB". 
  6. ^ Auden, Sandy (2006). "Getting Naked: An American Werewolf in London Revealed -- An Interview with David Naughton". The SF Site. 
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 388. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ Granite Flats
  9. ^ "Granite Flats". 7 April 2013 – via IMDb. 

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