sensitive and responsive! I hope that we will work together again real
HARVEY, Director of Welcome to
High praise from, a
discriminating and meticulous craftsman ... and DAVID MACKLIN will
always cherish that particular compliment. Born in Greenhills,
a suburb of Cincinnati, David is considered one of the finest dramatic
actors in Hollywood.
For the past twelve years he has built an excellent reputation as an
acting coach conducting his Acting on Camera courses and
teaching in regional acting seminars. He has also directed several
Equity waiver and workshop stage productions. David is the author of
the book ACTING in the Motion Picture BUSINESS.
DAVID's start on an
artistic pathway began at home. His father, Clement Mortashed, is an
accomplished painter, illustrator, and ceramist. Now retired, he made
his living first as a musician and then as a commercial artist.
DAVID's mother, Jean, wrote, painted and made pottery. His brother,
Clement Jr., now a psychiatrist in Southern California, also paints,
draws and sculpts.
DAVID owns a
potter's wheel and kiln, and makes ceramics. Tennis, golf, bowling,
pool, pinball, and slot machines are among his many hobbies. His
collections include holograms, ancient Egyptian artifacts and Sherlock
Holmes-related memorabilia. He loves critters and has always counted
his dogs and cats as best friends.
At the age of 11,
while in the Greenhills Elementary School, DAVID was cast in his first
play ... portraying a 70 year old school teacher. The experience made
an indelible mark and DAVID know that he wanted to be an actor. He
felt it so strongly that he wore his costume home after the
performance, and announced that he was never taking off his make-up.
His folks won out on these minor points, but DAVID never lost any of
his desire for acting.
DAVID was enrolled
in the Walter Eyre Theatrical School in Cincinnati; his first
performance there was the famous soliloquy from "HAMLET." For the next
six years he played many roles in local theater, school plays and on
TV. During his high school years he played a lead in every play ...
mostly character roles in such productions as "THE LOUD RED PATRICK,"
"THE WINSLOW BOY," "MAJOR BARBARA," and "THE HAPPY TIME." He also
appeared at the Cincinnati Summer Theater, Cincinnati; Cherry County
Theater, Michigan; and the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, Kentucky.
DAVID also started
in such hit productions as "PICNIC" and "BLUE DENIM" during his summer
It was from a local
TV show for the Community Chest, in which DAVID played an emotionally
disturbed boy at odds with his family and society, that he was noticed
by Hollywood. This TV film "ESCAPE FROM THE CAGE" was shown on
National Educational Television and was brought to the attention of
Producer Henry King at 20th Century Fox Studios. With encouragement
from Mr. King, DAVID went to Hollywood.
Through his first
agency, The Jean Haliburton Agency, DAVID did a modeling commercial
for Dupont. Next came his SAG card, and his first starring role on
"THE REAL McCOYS." This was soon followed by his role as Todd Grayson,
the kid who came west to kill Ben Cartwright in "BONANZA." The scope
of DAVID’s talent was already more than apparent, as Robert Young
wrote after DAVID appeared with that veteran actor:
It is on the
strength of your work that the hopes and aspirations of this show
- ROBERT Y0UNG, "Windows on Main Street"
After his 7th
appearance on "PERRY MASON," producer Gail Patrick Jackson sent her
It was nice to have
you with us again … You were excellent as usual!
More letters of
praise were to follow as he appeared in more than 250 starring and
guest-starring roles on TV and motion pictures. After his appearance
with Jack Lord in a guest-starring role on "STONEY BURKE," he received
No one appreciates a
talented, truthful actor more than I do! Thanks!
- JACK LORD
And after his
appearance in a segment of "THE GREAT ADVENTURE" for rival network,
All of us are very grateful to you for the enormous
contribution your performance made to "The Hunley." I also want to
thank you for being so patient and co-operative during a very
difficult week. I think you are an extraordinary actor and I hope we
will work together soon again.
- ETHEL WINANT, CBS
DAVID subsequently joined the LOS ANGELES REPERTORY THEATER
where his unusual talent was further brought to the forefront. He
received excellent reviews, first for "CHRONICLES OF HELL."
"Chronicles of Hell" by Michel de Ghelderord hurled at you in all its
ugliness by the members of the Los Angeles Repertory Theater is
nothing if not overwhelming! Exceptional is David Macklin as the
- BRIDGETT BYRNE, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
This was followed
shortly by "THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH."
displays exceptional talent as Henry. His adjustment from act to act
realized the inherent disparity, conflicts and tremendous humanity in
- TONY LAWRENCE,
rebellious Henry (Cain) stands out. Macklin handled a difficult last
scene well, the mark of Cain still on him after war and suffering, as
it is for all mankind.
- MARGARET HANFORD,
Los Angeles Times
More guest shots on
TV followed, and he was soon sent a telegram, which read:
We at NBC have high
hopes for you and your talent.
- MORT WERNER,
He was then given a
starring role with Burl Ives and Linda Day George in NBC's World
Premier film, "THE SOUND OF ANGER."
Macklin and Miss Day impress as a MacBeth and Lady MacBeth
duo, prepared to lie in court to save their corrupt skins. Macklin has
a strident scene with his attorneys that really scores!
- RAY LOYND,
In AIPs "BORN WLD,"
co-starring with Tom Nardini and Patty McCormick. DAVID played a
young racial bigot—which is just the opposite of this sensitive young
actor in real life.
Maury Dexter's direction has tremendous verve and gets strong performances … notably
David Macklin's Mexican-hating psychopath!
- KEVIN THOMAS, Los Angeles Times
DAVID has also
appeared in guest-starring roles in "IRONSIDES," "THE FBI," "CANNON"
and "MEDICAL CENTER." Other feature films include "A MAN FOR HANGING"
(a western in which he co-stars with Peter Breck), "MIDWAY," "TAMMY
AND THE MILLIONAIRE," "THE PLAINSMAN," "THE PIGEON WHO TOOK ROME,"
"WELCOME TO ARROW BEACH" (with Director-Actor Lawrence Harvey in his
last film), and "MOVIOLA," which brought a letter from John Erman:
Thank you for your
imaginative and stylish work. You were a big asset to the show and I
hope we can work together again soon.
starred with great success in Neil Simon's "THE GOOD DOCTOR,"
produced by the Harlequin theater in Green Bay, Wisconsin.