Keith Wayne

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Keith Wayne
Keith Wayne as Tom in Night of the Living Dead.png
Keith Wayne in Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Born (1945-01-16)January 16, 1945
Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died September 9, 1995(1995-09-09) (aged 50)
Cary, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of death Suicide
Years active 1968 - 1995
Spouse(s) Brenda Gail Hartman
Children Preston Vincent Hartman
Leaja Diane Hartman
Parent(s) Vincent W. Hartman
Margaret Warga Hartman

Keith Wayne (January 16, 1945 — September 9, 1995), born Ronald Keith Hartman,[1] was an American actor known for his (only) role as Tom in the George A. Romero film Night of the Living Dead (1968).[1]

Early life[edit]

Keith was born in Washington, Pennsylvania. His father was Vincent W. Hartman.[2] His mother was Margaret Warga Hartman; she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Houston and the Order of the Eastern Star, 97 Chartiers Chapter.[3] In 1962, he graduated from Chartiers-Houston High School.[1][4][5] He graduated from Mansfield State College in Mansfield, Pennsylvania,[1] where he majored in music and was a fixture in university theatrical productions.[6] During his college career he led an extremely popular dance band, Ronnie and the Jestors.

Career[edit]

Wayne appeared in only one film, George A. Romero's 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead. Following the completion of the film, he worked as a singer for a number of years with The Bill Roberts Show, Keith Wayne and the Unyted Brass Works and others. In the early 1980s he became a chiropractor.[3] He wrote a column for a number of years called Chiropractic Corner in Hardgainer magazine under the name of "Dr. R. Keith Hartman".[7]

Death[edit]

He committed suicide on September 9, 1995, in Cary, North Carolina. His last paper was a work called How to Find Chiropractic Help, Bursitis and Tendinitis, Sternum Noises, Knee and Neck Care; plus the Notice of the Death of Dr. Hartman.[7]

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