July 26, 1933
|Died||May 6, 2012 (aged 78)|
|Cause of death||Pulmonary disease|
|Spouse(s)||Suzanne Ried Summers|
(?–2012; his death)
Born in Manhattan, Summers made his acting debut in the 1961 film, Mad Dog Coll, playing a small unbilled role. The remainder of his career was almost entirely occupied with television. He appeared in a recurring role on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, as Dr. Bob Ayres during the 1964-1965 television season. His best known role was as Jack Dane on Daktari, which aired from 1966 to 1968. From 1972 to 1974, Summers replaced Lawrence Casey in the NBC daytime series, Return to Peyton Place, as the character Rodney Harrington.
His additional television roles included guest spots on Land of the Giants, My Favorite Martian, My Three Sons, Window on Main Street, The Outer Limits, Quincy, M.E., Fantasy Island, and The Donna Reed Show.
SAG and AFTRA involvement
Summers was a founding member of the SAG Awards Committee and for a time the chairman of that committee. Summers was a co-founder and producer of the Screen Actors Guild Awards from 1995 until 2009.
Summers also served as the former national treasurer and the recording secretary for SAG. Summers was a trustee of the SAG Pension and Health Funds and a member of the board for the SAG Foundation. In 2008, SAG awarded Summers the Ralph Morgan Award for his service and involvement with the union.
Summers was active with another actors' union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He served a combined twenty-four years on the national AFTRA board and the union's local Los Angeles chapter.
SAG and AFTRA merged in March 2012, shortly before Summers' death.
The only child of Joseph and Edlie Neuvohner, Summers received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cornell University in 1955 and served in the United States Army, having attained the rank of lieutenant.
|1961||Mad Dog Coll||Gambler (uncredited)|
|1977||If You Loved Me||Don|
|2000||$pent||Max's Father (uncredited)|
|1962||The Dick Powell Theater||Jeff||330 Independence S.W. - Season 1 Episode 25|
|1962||Window on Main Street||Fred||It's Blessed to Receive - Season 1 Episode 27|
|1962||The Gallant Men||Young Officer (uncredited)||Some Tears Fall Dry - Season 1 Episode 8|
|1962||Cheyenne||Lieutenant Jackson||Johnny Brassbuttons - Season 7 Episode 11|
|1963||The Untouchables||Student (uncredited)||The Snowball - Season 4 Episode 15|
|1963||General Hospital||Dr. Bob Ayres|
|1963||The Donna Reed Show||Howard||The New Look - Season 5 Episode 19, Big Wheel Season 5 Episode 33|
|1963||Channing||Fraternity President||Exercise in a Shark Tank - Season 1 Episode 2|
|1963||The New Phil Silvers Show||TBC|
|1963||The Lieutenant||Lt. Barry Everest||The Two Star Giant - Season 1 Episode 4, A Touching of Hands - Season 1 Episode 7|
|1964||My Favorite Martian||Intern||RX for a Martian - Season 1 Episode 16|
|1964||The Outer Limits||Buddy Lyman||Second Chance - Season 1 Episode 23|
|1964||The Farmer's Daughter||Paul Layton||Mismatch Maker - Season 1 Episode 35|
|1964||Karen||Hoot Dubbins||Surfer's Aide - Season 1 Episode 2|
|1964||12 O'Clock High||Lt. Charley Vale||Appointment at Liege - Season 1 Episode 9|
|1969||The Bold Ones: The New Doctors||Walter Emmons||One Small Step for Man - Season 1 Episode 5|
|1970||Land of the Giants||Andre||Nightmare - Season 2 Episode 16|
|1971||The Smith Family||Mr. Bower||Cindy - Season 1 Episode 1|
|1971||O'Hara, U.S. Treasury||Freshno Agent||Operation: Stolen Bonds - Season 1 Episode 3|
|1971||McMillan & Wife||George Fairborn||The Easy Sunday Murder Case - Season 1 Episode 2|
|1972||Arnie||Dougie Pritchett||Room at the Top - Season 2 Episode 19|
|1965-72||My Three Sons||Multiple Roles|
|1972||Return to Peyton Place||Rodney Harrington #2|
|1974||Big Rose: Double Trouble||James Mayhew||TV Movie|
|1975||The Blue Knight||Clark||Two to Make Deadly - Season 1 Episode 1|
|1976||Emergency!||Manager||The Tycoons - Season 5 Episode 23|
|1977||Switch||Porter Collins||Butterfly Mourning - Season 2 Episode 17|
|1970-78||This Is the Life||Multiple Roles|
|1978||The Amazing Captain Nemo||Sirak||TV Movie|
|1978||Fantasy Island||Philip||I Want to Get Married/The Jewel Thief - Season 2 Episode 5|
|1979||Quincy M.E.||Coroner||Walking Softly Through the Night: Part 1, Part 2 - Season 4 Episode 14, 15|
|1979||240-Robert||Mr. Kline||The Apology - Season 1 Episode 1|
Summers died in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 78 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was survived by his wife, Suzie Summers, two children, and two grandchildren.
Actor and former SAG President Ed Asner said, "Yale was a good man and a good friend who was totally dedicated to his belief in the union. He was completely unbiased and never took sides. He had a purist vision of how the guild should be run and wasn't swayed by the influence of special interest groups. He put the best interest of the guild and union first. I'm deeply sorry for his passing."
- "Yale Summers dies at 78, 'Daktari' actor served SAG in multiple capacities". Variety. 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
- "R.I.P. Yale Summers". Deadline Hollywood. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
- "SAG-AFTRA Remembers Yale Summers: Longtime SAG Board Member and Past Officer Passes Away". Screen Actors Guild. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
- "SAG-AFTRA's L.A. local sets Dec. 3 meeting". Variety. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2012-11-21.