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.


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]


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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