Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Dana Elcar Biography (1927-)
Full name, Ibson Dana Elcar; born October 10, 1927, in Ferndale, MI; son of James Aage (a butcher and carpenter) and Hedwig (Anderberg) Elcar; married Katherine Frances Mead, July 1948 (divorced, 1950); married Peggy Romano (an actress), December 29, 1953; children: Nora. Addresses: AGENT--c/o The Artists Agency, 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
- Birth Details
- October 10, 1927
- Ferndale, Michigan, United States
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Oh Men! Oh Women!, Henry Miller's Theatre, 1953.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Potts, The Honeys, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Grant Cobbler, Oh, Men! Oh, Women!, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport,CT, then Ivoryton Playhouse, CT, later Falmouth Playhouse, MA, 1955.
- Commander, Strip for Action, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, then Nixon Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, 1956.
- policeman and McFadden, Good as Gold, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1957.
- King Edward IV, Richard III, Heckscher Theatre, New York City, 1957.
- Roo Webber, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Arena Stage, Washington, DC,1958, then Players Theatre, New York City, 1959.
- chief of police, The Power and the Glory, Phoenix Theatre, New York City,1958.
- Dr. Gibbs, Our Town, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1959.
- Father Gagnon, Semi-Detached, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1960.
- Seamas Shield, Shadow of a Gunman, Olney Theatre, MD, 1960.
- Christy Mahon, Aymon, and Dr. Henchy, Drums under the Windows, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1960.
- Reverend Eli Jenkens, Lord Cut Glass, Jack Black, Sinbad Sailors, and Mr.Pritchard, Under Milk Wood, Circle in the Square, 1961.
- Ferrovius, Androcles and the Lion, Phoenix Theatre, 1961.
- Father, "Childhood," Plays for Bleecker Street, Circle in the Square, 1962.
- John, Rhinoceros, Olney Theatre, 1962.
- Ben, "The Dumbwaiter," The Pinter Plays, Cherry Lane Theatre, 1962.
- Kermontov, A Sound of Distant Thunder, Playhouse on the Mall, Paramus, NJ, 1963.
- Pertuiset, A Murderer among Us, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- title role, Galileo, Arena Stage, 1964.
- Price, Eh?, Circle in the Square, 1966.
- Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Chekhov in Yalta, and Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night, both with the Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles,1981.
- title role, Galileo, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA, 1984.
- Also appeared as Big Daddy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fort Lee, NJ, 1959; inOthello, The Master Builder, Man Is Man, Little Eyolf, and Rocket to the Moon, all Arts Theatre Club, Ann Arbor, MI, 1951-54; Which Way Is Home?, Theatrede Lys, New York City, 1954; When the Owl Screams, Square East Theatre, NewYork City, 1963; Dylan, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1964; Hughie, RoyaleTheatre, New York City, 1964; Project Immortality, Arena Stage, 1964; Crystal and Fox, with the Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, 1970; Who Wants to Be the Lone Ranger?, New Theatre for Now Workshop, Mark Taper Forum, 1971;That Championship Season, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1973; Inherit the Wind, Arena Stage, 1973; The Cherry Orchard, American Conservatory Theatre, 1974; The Gigli Concert, South Coast Repertory Theatre, 1985;and with the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1980-81.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Oh, Men! Oh, Women!, U.S. cities, 1954.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Producer and director, Othello, The Master Builder, Man Is Man, Little Eyolf, and Rocket to the Moon, all Arts Theatre Club, Ann Arbor, MI, 1951-54.
- director, The Collection, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1964.
- director, Rat in the Skull, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1985.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Mr. Dodd, The Fool Killer (also known as Violent Journey), Allied Artists, 1963.
- Foster, Fail Safe, Columbia, 1964.
- Layton, A Lovely Way to Die (also known as A Lovely Way to Go), Universal, 1963.
- Louis Schubert, The Boston Strangler, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.
- Sheriff Kirky, The Learning Tree (also known as Learn, Baby, Learn), Warner Brothers, 1969.
- Sergeant Kelvasey, The Maltese Bippy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1969.
- Detective "Red" Thornton, Pendulum, Columbia, 1969.
- Van, Adam at 6 A.M., National General, 1970.
- Captain Battles, Soldier Blue, AVCO-Embassy, 1970.
- Harold Tracey, Zigzag (also known as False Witness), MGM, 1970.
- Marv Green, A Gunfight, Paramount, 1971.
- Carstairs, Mrs. Pollifax--Spy, United Artists, 1971.
- Allen, The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid, Universal, 1972.
- FBI Agent Polk, The Sting, Universal, 1973.
- Chief Perna, Report to the Commissioner (also known as Operation Undercover), United Artists, 1975.
- Dockstedter, W.C. Fields and Me, Universal, 1975.
- Sheriff Wenzell, Baby Blue Marine, Columbia, 1976.
- Charlie Blunt, St. Ives, Warner Brothers, 1976.
- Havermeyer, Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff, Bel-Air/Gradison, 1979.
- Hoffmaster, The Champ, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists (MGM/UA), 1979.
- Benchley, The Last Flight of Noah's Ark, Buena Vista, 1980.
- Chief, The Nude Bomb (also known as Return of Maxwell Smart), Universal,1980.
- Captain Hubris, Buddy Buddy, MGM/UA, 1981.
- Russ, Condorman, Buena Vista, 1981.
- Lou, Blue Skies Again, Warner Brothers, 1983.
- Dimitri Moisevitch, 2010, MGM/UA, 1984.
- Michael, Jungle Warriors, Aquarius, 1984.
- Burton Schuyler, All of Me, Universal, 1984.
- Also appeared in Inside Out, Hemdale, 1987; There Were Times, Dear, 1985;Metamorphosis and On Yellow, both upcoming.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Inspector Shiller, Baretta, ABC, 1975-78.
- Colonel Lard, U.S.M.C., Baa Baa Black Sheep, NBC, 1976-78.
- Peter Thornton, MacGyver, ABC, 1987--.
- MINI-SERIES Judge Hart, Centennial, NBC, 1978.
- George Stack, Deadlock, NBC, 1969.
- Andrew Pearce, The Sound of Anger, NBC, 1968.
- Dr. Enright, The D.A.: Murder One, NBC, 1969.
- Huston, The Whole World Is Watching, NBC, 1969.
- Father Frank Dinsmore, Sarge: The Badge or the Cross, NBC, 1971.
- Dr. Aaronson, Hawkins on Murder (also known as Death and the Maiden), CBS, 1973.
- Paul Reed, Senior Year, CBS, 1974.
- Dr. Harold Schuyler, Gemini Man (also known as Code Name: Minus One), NBC, 1976.
- Reverend Mr. Endicott, Law of the Land, NBC, 1976.
- Brad Mullins, Crisis in Sun Valley, NBC, 1978.
- Frank Boyd, Samurai, ABC, 1979.
- The Big Story, NBC, 1957.
- "The Sacco-Vanzetti Story," Sunday Showcase, NBC, 1960.
- Naked City, ABC, 1961-63.
- The Catholic Hour, NBC, 1962.
- The Defenders, CBS, 1962-63.
- "Big Deal at Laredo," Dupont Show of the Month, NBC, 1963.
- East Side/West Side, CBS, 1963.
- Appeared in The Nurses, CBS; Dark Shadows, ABC.
- Craigmeyer, The Borgia Stick, NBC, 1967.
- George Woodruff, San Francisco International, NBC, 1970.
- Hank Keller, The Death of Me Yet, ABC, 1971.
- Colonel Talbot, Fireball Forward, ABC, 1972.
- Captain Detroville, The Bravos, ABC, 1972.
- sheriff, Dying Room Only, ABC, 1973.
- Prescott, Heatwave!, ABC, 1974.
- Hal Rodgers, Panic on the 5:22, ABC, 1974.
- John Mulligan, Death Penalty, NBC, 1980.
- Mr. Bassett, Mark, I Love You, CBS, 1980.
- Mr. Block, The Day the Bubble Burst, NBC, 1982.
- Burt Wagner, Forbidden Love, CBS, 1982.
- Milhauser, Help Wanted: Male, CBS, 1982.
- Warden, I Want to Live, ABC, 1983.
- Mr. Caine, Quarterback Princess, CBS, 1983.
- Senator Arthur Haggarty, Sweet Revenge, CBS, 1984.
- Max Wiley, Toughlove, ABC, 1985.
- Dr. Walter Strange, Murder in Three Acts, CBS, 1986.
- Also appeared in Our Town, 1960; Burning Bright, WNTA (Newark, NJ), 1960;"The Patriots," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1963; The Crucible, CBS, 1967.