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David Naughton
Naughton at the 2011 Weekend of Horrors.
David Walsh Naughton

(1951-02-13) February 13, 1951 (age 68)
ResidencePalm Desert, California, U.S.
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
University of Pennsylvania
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1974–present
Denise Stephens
(m. 1976; div. 1983)

Deborah Dutton
(m. 1985; div. 2005)

Seann Sara Sella
(m. 2007; div. 2009)
RelativesJames Naughton (brother)
Kelli O'Hara (niece-in-law)

David Walsh Naughton (born February 13, 1951) is an American actor and singer known for his starring roles in the horror film An American Werewolf in London (1981) and the Disney comedy Midnight Madness (1980), as well as for a long-running "Be a Pepper" ad campaign for beverage maker Dr Pepper. He also starred in the short-lived sitcom Makin' It and sang its hit theme song "Makin' It", giving him a Top 5 hit on the Billboard charts.[1]

Early life[edit]

Naughton was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Rosemary (née Walsh) and Joseph Naughton, both of whom were teachers. 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 Art.[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 television 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 sitcom's theme song, also titled "Makin' It". A US million selling disc, the track also peaked at #44 in the UK Singles Chart.[7] He starred in the Disney comedy Midnight Madness (1980) followed by his lead role in the Academy Award-winning horror film An American Werewolf in London (1981). 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Midnight Madness Adam Larson
1981 Separate Ways Jerry Lansing
An American Werewolf in London David Kessler
1984 Hot Dog…The Movie Dan
Not for Publication Barry Denver
Terror in the Aisles David Kessler Archival footage
1986 The Boy in Blue Bill
Separate Vacations Richard Moore
1987 Kidnapped Vince McCarthy
1988 Private Affairs Mauro
1990 The Sleeping Car Jason McCree
Overexposed Phillip
1991 Steel and Lace Dunn
1993 Wild Cactus Philip Marcus
Amityville: A New Generation Dick Cutler Direct-to-video
1994 Desert Steel Zach
Beanstalk Mr. Ladd
Caribbean Kill N/A
1995 Ice Cream Man Martin Cassera
The Adventures of Black Feather Professeur Byrd
Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur Detective Kobeck
1996 Urban Safari Joe
2000 Little Insect Buzz Voice only
2001 A Crack in the Floor EMT Driver
Flying Virus Dr. Stephen North
2003 Wonderful Days Commander Locke
Dr. Noah
Voice only: English version
2006 Big Bad Wolf Sheriff Ruben
2007 Brutal Massacre: A Comedy Harry Penderecki
Hallows Point Shopkeeper Television movie
2009 Little Hercules in 3-D Dwayne Harr
2012 A Thousand Cuts Alan
2013 Cool as Hell Clark
2017 Do It or Die Herb Clough
The Hatred Walter


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Planet of the Apes Dr. Stole Episode: "The Surgeon"
1976 Muggsy Danny Atwater Episode: "Hit and Run"
The Other Side of Victory N/A Television movie
1979 Makin' It Billy Manucci 9 Episodes
1982 I, Desire David Balsiger Television movie
1983 The Love Boat Edwin Winnaker Episode: "Fountain of Youth/Bad Luck Cabin/Uncle Daddy"
At Ease Pfc. Tony Baker
1984 Getting Physical Mickey Ritter Television movie
1986-1988 My Sister Sam Jack Kincaid
1988 Goddess of Love Ted Beckman Television movie
Murder, She Wrote Ken Parrish Episode: "Wearing of the Green"
1989 The Twilight Zone John Sellick Episode: "Special Service"
1991 The Belles of Bleeker Street Chris Episode: "Pilot"
MacGyver LaManna Episode: "Honest Abe"
Seinfeld Dick Episode: "The Red Dot"
1993 Body Bags Pete Television movie
Segment: "The Gas Station"
Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90's Brad Television movie
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Harry Gelson Episode: "My Four Husbands"
1994-1995 Turbocharged Thunderbirds Scott Tracy
Virgil Tracy
Additional Voices
Voice only
1996 Melrose Place Lou Chandler Episode: "Run, Billy, Run"
Touched by an Angel Michael Russell Episode: "Birthmarks"
Bailey Kipper's P.O.V. Norm Kipper Episodes: "Movin' Up"
"Trust Me"
1997 Cybill Andy Episodes: "Bachelor Party"
"Little Bo Peep"
1998 Chance of a Lifetime Art Haber Television movie
Silk Stalkings Max Behring Episode: "Ramone, P.I."
1999 V.I.P. Roy Episode: "K-Val"
Chicken Soup for the Soul Paul Dinsman Episode: "It's Never Too Late"
2000, 2001 JAG Det. Grady Episodes: "JAG TV"
"Past Tense"
2001 ER Ben Stevens Episode: "Thy Will Be Done"
Kate Brasher Ames Episode: "Tracy"
Out of the Wilderness Professor Byrd Television movie
The Nightmare Room Mr. Ryan Episode: "Tangled Web"
2002 Justice League The Streak Episodes: "Legends"
"Legends: Part II"
2005 Higglytown Heroes Orchestra Conductor Hero Episode: "Say What?/Higgly Harmonies"
Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder Steven Television movie
2009 Psych Dr. Ken Tucker Episode: "Let's Get Hairy"
2010 Big Love Mr. Usher Episode: "Next Ticket Out"
2011 The Mentalist Neurologist Episode: "Fugue in Red"
2012 Major Crimes State Senator McAustin Episode: "The Shame Game"
2013 Grey's Anatomy Nick Parker Episode: "Transplant Wasteland"
2013-2015 Granite Flats Dr. Millard Whittison
2013 Holliston Mark Ward Episode: "Joe's Soda"
2015 American Horror Story Mr. Samuels Episode: "Mommy"
2017 Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Ambassador Kessler Television movie
2018 SuperMansion Himself Episode: "Comicarnage"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Manfred
2006 Marvel Ultimate Alliance Mr. Fantastic
2016 Fallout 4: WRVR Traveler
2017 Saga of the Nine Worlds Guard Captain The Four Stags Collector's Edition
2018 Project Pro Skater God


Year Title Role Location Other work/Notes
1975-1976 Hamlet Francisco
Player Queen
Vivian Beaumont Theater Understudy for Osric
1978-1980 Da Morosco Theatre Assistant Stage Manager
Understudy for Young Charlie


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Hits (1979) at cyList".
  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. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 388. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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