David Wilson (actor)
|Born||David Patrick Wilson
February 26, 1949
New York City, New York, U.S.
David Patrick Wilson (born February 26, 1949) is an American actor and director, probably best known for playing Superman in the 1975 TV musical special It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman an adaptation of the 1966 Broadway musical.
David was born and raised in New York City, to Scottish/Irish parents. He attended public schools in Northport, New York, on Long Island and graduated from Northport High School there in 1967. A scholar athlete, he forsook sports in his senior year to star in his school's production of "South Pacific," opposite future Hollywood actress/entertainer Patti Lupone. He then went on to attend Columbia University for two years before dropping out in the spring of 1969 to attend The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, where he studied with its founder, acting coach Sanford Meisner and his devoted disciple, William Esper at the William Esper Studio.
A bankable, solid, working lead actor for four decades, Wilson has appeared in many movies and TV series, including the 1983 cult film Eddie and the Cruisers and the role of Jason Ewing in Dallas: The Early Years in 1986. He stepped behind the camera in 2009 to write and produce the film Collar, where he also plays a police detective. The film, released in 2011, also stars Tom Sizemore, Rebecca De Mornay and Richard Roundtree.