David Oliver (actor)

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David Oliver
Born (1962-01-31)January 31, 1962
Concord, California, U.S.
Died November 12, 1992(1992-11-12) (aged 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Complications due to AIDS
Years active 1982–1992
Partner(s) Terry Houlihan

David Oliver (January 31, 1962 – November 12, 1992) was an American stage, film and television actor.


Oliver was one of eight children born to Pat and William Oliver in Concord, California.[1] He began his acting career in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, Oliver played the role of Perry Hutchins on the daytime soap opera Another World. In 1986 he played the role of Sam Gardner in the miniseries A Year in the Life. The miniseries then became a regular series in the fall of 1987 on NBC for one season. Oliver's wife in both the miniseries and regular series was played by Sarah Jessica Parker. He also starred in several stage roles including the San Diego Civic Light Opera's productions of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Li'l Abner. Oliver was also one of the founding members of Young Artists United.[1] Shortly before his death, he had a role in the play Elegies staged at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills.[2]


On November 12, 1992, Oliver died at his Los Angeles home of complications due to AIDS.[3] He was survived by his parents, stepfather, seven siblings, and his partner, Terry Houlihan.[2] His memorial service was held on November 18 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Tucker's Witch Episode: "Abra-Cadaver"
1983-1985 Another World Perry Hutchins Regular cast member
1985 Lady Blue Josh Viland Episode: "Beasts of Prey"
1986 Santa Barbara Chad 2 episodes
1986 A Year in the Life Sam Gardner Miniseries
1986 Night of the Creeps Steve
1987-1987 A Year in the Life Sam Gardner 22 episodes
1987 21 Jump Street Kerry Graham Episode: "My Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
1987 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium David Swanson Television movie
1988 Defense Play Scott Denton
1988 Deadly Intent Gallery Extra Direct-to-video release
1989 The Horror Show Vinnie
1989 Protect and Surf Mike Deegan Television movie
1990 Murder, She Wrote Jeff Ogden Episode: "Deadly Misunderstanding"
1991 Edward II Thug
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Young Man Episode: "Cost of Living"
1992 Shadowchaser Murray Direct-to-video release
1992 Miracle in the Wilderness Lt. Reid Television movie


  1. ^ a b c "David Oliver; Featured in TV's 'Year in the Life'". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1992. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "David Oliver, 30, Dies; A TV and Stage Actor". The New York Times. November 19, 1992. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "AIDS Kills Television Actor". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. Associated Press. November 18, 1992. p. 3. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 

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