David BIRNEY

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AmericanBorn David Edwin BIRNEY

American actor

Born on April 23, 1939 in Washington, D.C., USA , United States (83 years)

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Birney was born in Washington, D.C., the first child of Jeanne (née McGee) and Edwin B. Birney, a special agent for the FBI. He is of Irish, Scots, German and Cherokee descent. The oldest of four boys, he moved to Cleveland when his father was transferred from Washington. He was raised a Roman Catholic.



He attended schools in Brooklyn, Ohio and graduated from West High School in Cleveland. Named to the National Honor Society, he lettered in basketball, football and track.

...   Birney was born in Washington, D.C., the first child of Jeanne (née McGee) and Edwin B. Birney, a special agent for the FBI. He is of Irish, Scots, German and Cherokee descent. The oldest of four boys, he moved to Cleveland when his father was transferred from Washington. He was raised a Roman Catholic.



He attended schools in Brooklyn, Ohio and graduated from West High School in Cleveland. Named to the National Honor Society, he lettered in basketball, football and track.



He holds a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College with "High Distinction" in English Literature, English Honors. A scholarship student at Dartmouth, Birney was a member of Casque and Gauntlet, a senior honor society, Green Key, the Sophomore Orientation Committee, Sigma Nu, and served on the Directorate of the Players. He was awarded a Dartmouth Fellowship for graduate study.



At UCLA, Birney earned an M. A. in Theatre Arts, acting and directing, studying with Ralph Freud and William Melnitz. He held a Teaching Assistant Fellowship. He was honored with a Ph.D (hon.) in Humanities from Southern Utah State University.



During the Vietnam War, Birney was drafted into the U.S. Army and received basic combat training in Fort Ord, California. He was transferred to the Second U.S. Army Command at Fort Meade, Maryland, assigned to the 2nd US Army Showmobile, an entertainment unit. As both a director and a performer, he completed several tours with the performing group touring the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern United States. He received an Honorable Discharge and the rank of Specialist Four.



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