David Thornton (actor)

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David Thornton
David Farrington Thornton[1]

(1953-06-12) June 12, 1953 (age 67)
Years active1983–present
(m. 1991)

David Farrington Thornton (born June 12, 1953) is an American actor. He has appeared in John Q, Home Alone 3 as Earl Unger, Law & Order, The Notebook, and The Other Woman, among other roles. He is the husband of Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Thornton was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. He is the son of Grace Ellen and Robert Donald Thornton, an international authority on the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who taught English at Harvard University for 45 years.[1][3][4] He graduated from Hamilton College and Yale Drama School and studied at Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio.[2]

Thornton met singer Cyndi Lauper on the set of the film Off and Running.[2] They married in November 1991 and have a son, Declyn Wallace Thornton (born 1997).[5]

In 2005 the New York Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Thornton in Thornton v. Baron, which is considered a landmark decision in the New York real estate industry, specifically dealing with rent stabilization in New York.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Sessions Marc TV movie
1985 Miami Vice Lile TV series (1 episode "Rites of Passage")
1986 Tales from the Darkside Werewolf TV series (1 episode "The Circus")
1988 Crime Story Thalberg TV series (1 episode "Femme Fatale")
Java Burn Lomax
1989 American Playhouse Nelson's Pal TV series (1 episode "Ask Me Again")
1991 Off and Running Reese
Men of Respect Philly Como
1993 Blind Spot Frank TV series
1994 The Cosby Mysteries TV series (1 episode "The Lottery Winner Murders")
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle George S. Kaufman
1995 New York News TV series (1 episode "New York News")
Jeffrey Man #3
Search and Destroy Rob
New York Undercover Alan Warwick TV series (1 episode "The Shooter")
1996 Breathing Room Brian
Unhook the Stars Frankie Warren
If Lucy Fell Ted
Ripper Twig Video game
Law & Order Paul Medici TV series (1 episode "Family Business")
1997 Home Alone 3 Earl Unger
The Real Blonde Alex
Office Killer Gary Michaels
She's So Lovely Saul Sunday
1998 A Civil Action Richard Aufiero
The Last Days of Disco Berrie Rafferty
Illuminata Orlandini
Hush Gavin
High Art Harry
Too Tired to Die Lulu
2000 The $treet Carl Kettner TV series (1 episode "Closet Cases")
Blessed Art Thou Elmo
Blue Moon Frank's Father
Dead Dog Stevenson Nagel
2001 The Girl Under the Waves
2002 Swept Away Michael
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kenny Strick TV series (1 episode "Maledictus")
Garmento Ronnie Grossman
John Q Jimmy Palumbo
XX/XY Miles
For Earth Below Ron
Private Property Sam
100 Mile Rule Jerry
Law & Order Jeremy Cook TV series (1 episode "True Crime")
2003 Prologue
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lionel Granger TV series (10 episodes)
2004 The Notebook John Hamilton
Noise Elliot
The Warrior Class Sancerre
2005 Law & Order Lionel Granger TV series (1 episode "Sects")
Life on the Ledge Mr. Eddy
Romance & Cigarettes The Urologist/Additional Voices
2006 Alpha Dog Butch Mazursky
2009 Here and There Robert
My Sister's Keeper Dr. Chance
2010 Zenith Berger
2011 Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Simon Rudolph
Dirty Movie Little Johnny's Dad
Fake Tay Murphy
Trophy Kids Charlie
2013 Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual Himself TV series
2021 Transfer at Aachen Ludwig Vnuk Pre-production


  1. ^ a b Robert Donald Thornton - Obituary
  2. ^ a b c Neustatter, Angela (5 July 1992). "How We Met: 41. David Thornton and Cyndi Lauper". The Independent. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  3. ^ Jane Wollman Rusoff (2008-06-15). "Cyndi Lauper is still unusual, but within reason". The New York Times.
  4. ^ https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12438130.robert-thornton-an-appreciation/
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (12 October 2008). "'I've always been the outsider'". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  6. ^ Thornton v. Baron, 5 N.Y.2d 175 (2005)

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