David Wilson (actor)

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David Wilson
David Patrick Wilson.jpg
Born David Patrick Wilson
(1949-02-26) February 26, 1949 (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–present

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.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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 season two of "Magnum PI"(1982), the memorable lead role as star quarterback, Dorsey Bramlett, the 1983 cult film Eddie and the Cruisers and the role of Jason Ewing in Dallas: The Early Years in 1986. From 1986-89, David co-starred with Edward Asner in the highly acclaimed TV series, "The Bronx Zoo." Leaving Hollywood to raise his two youngest children 1991, he moved back to New York to develop his writing skills, penning a number of screenplays and original stories that became major motion pictures under other names. He stepped behind the camera in 2009 to write, produce, dorect and star in the film Collar, where he also plays a police detective.


  1. ^ Cole, Neil (November 28, 2011). "The Forgotten Supermen - David Wilson". www.supermansupersite.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 

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