David Walsh Naughton (born February 13, 1951) is an American actor and singer known for his starring roles in the horror film An American Werewolf in London (1981) and the Disney comedy Midnight Madness (1980), as well as for a long-running "Be a Pepper" ad campaign for beverage maker Dr Pepper. He also starred in the short-lived sitcom Makin' It and sang its hit theme song "Makin' It", giving him a Top 5 hit on the Billboard charts.
Naughton at the 2011 Weekend of Horrors.
David Walsh Naughton
February 13, 1951
|Residence||Palm Desert, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
University of Pennsylvania
(m. 1976; div. 1983)
(m. 1985; div. 2005)
Seann Sara Sella
(m. 2007; div. 2009)
|Relatives||James Naughton (brother)|
Kelli O'Hara (niece-in-law)
Naughton was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Rosemary (née Walsh) and Joseph Naughton, both of whom were teachers. He is the younger brother of theater and film actor James Naughton. His family is Irish American. Naughton attended the University of Pennsylvania and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Naughton was an Assistant Stage Manager and Understudy for the Broadway production of Hugh Leonard's Da.
Naughton first became widely known as a result of his four-year stint singing and dancing in television commercials and personal appearances to promote Dr Pepper. He starred in the sitcom Makin' It and hit the Billboard Top Ten in 1979 with the sitcom's theme song, also titled "Makin' It". A US million selling disc, the track also peaked at #44 in the UK Singles Chart. He starred in the Disney comedy Midnight Madness (1980) followed by his lead role in the Academy Award-winning horror film An American Werewolf in London (1981). He also appeared in the television series My Sister Sam and also in episodes of MacGyver, Melrose Place, Murder, She Wrote, JAG and Seinfeld. Dr Pepper ended its relationship with Naughton after he appeared naked in An American Werewolf in London.
|1980||Midnight Madness||Adam Larson|
|1981||Separate Ways||Jerry Lansing|
|An American Werewolf in London||David Kessler|
|1984||Hot Dog…The Movie||Dan|
|Not for Publication||Barry Denver|
|Terror in the Aisles||David Kessler||Archival footage|
|1986||The Boy in Blue||Bill|
|Separate Vacations||Richard Moore|
|1990||The Sleeping Car||Jason McCree|
|1991||Steel and Lace||Dunn|
|1993||Wild Cactus||Philip Marcus|
|Amityville: A New Generation||Dick Cutler||Direct-to-video|
|1995||Ice Cream Man||Martin Cassera|
|The Adventures of Black Feather||Professeur Byrd|
|Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur||Detective Kobeck|
|2000||Little Insect||Buzz||Voice only|
|2001||A Crack in the Floor||EMT Driver|
|Flying Virus||Dr. Stephen North|
|2003||Wonderful Days||Commander Locke|
|Voice only: English version|
|2006||Big Bad Wolf||Sheriff Ruben|
|2007||Brutal Massacre: A Comedy||Harry Penderecki|
|Hallows Point||Shopkeeper||Television movie|
|2009||Little Hercules in 3-D||Dwayne Harr|
|2012||A Thousand Cuts||Alan|
|2013||Cool as Hell||Clark|
|2017||Do It or Die||Herb Clough|
|1974||Planet of the Apes||Dr. Stole||Episode: "The Surgeon"|
|1976||Muggsy||Danny Atwater||Episode: "Hit and Run"|
|The Other Side of Victory||N/A||Television movie|
|1979||Makin' It||Billy Manucci||9 Episodes|
|1982||I, Desire||David Balsiger||Television movie|
|1983||The Love Boat||Edwin Winnaker||Episode: "Fountain of Youth/Bad Luck Cabin/Uncle Daddy"|
|At Ease||Pfc. Tony Baker|
|1984||Getting Physical||Mickey Ritter||Television movie|
|1986-1988||My Sister Sam||Jack Kincaid|
|1988||Goddess of Love||Ted Beckman||Television movie|
|Murder, She Wrote||Ken Parrish||Episode: "Wearing of the Green"|
|1989||The Twilight Zone||John Sellick||Episode: "Special Service"|
|1991||The Belles of Bleeker Street||Chris||Episode: "Pilot"|
|MacGyver||LaManna||Episode: "Honest Abe"|
|Seinfeld||Dick||Episode: "The Red Dot"|
|1993||Body Bags||Pete||Television movie|
Segment: "The Gas Station"
|Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90's||Brad||Television movie|
|1994||Diagnosis: Murder||Harry Gelson||Episode: "My Four Husbands"|
|1994-1995||Turbocharged Thunderbirds||Scott Tracy|
|1996||Melrose Place||Lou Chandler||Episode: "Run, Billy, Run"|
|Touched by an Angel||Michael Russell||Episode: "Birthmarks"|
|Bailey Kipper's P.O.V.||Norm Kipper||Episodes: "Movin' Up"|
|1997||Cybill||Andy||Episodes: "Bachelor Party"|
"Little Bo Peep"
|1998||Chance of a Lifetime||Art Haber||Television movie|
|Silk Stalkings||Max Behring||Episode: "Ramone, P.I."|
|Chicken Soup for the Soul||Paul Dinsman||Episode: "It's Never Too Late"|
|2000, 2001||JAG||Det. Grady||Episodes: "JAG TV"|
|2001||ER||Ben Stevens||Episode: "Thy Will Be Done"|
|Kate Brasher||Ames||Episode: "Tracy"|
|Out of the Wilderness||Professor Byrd||Television movie|
|The Nightmare Room||Mr. Ryan||Episode: "Tangled Web"|
|2002||Justice League||The Streak||Episodes: "Legends"|
"Legends: Part II"
|2005||Higglytown Heroes||Orchestra Conductor Hero||Episode: "Say What?/Higgly Harmonies"|
|Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder||Steven||Television movie|
|2009||Psych||Dr. Ken Tucker||Episode: "Let's Get Hairy"|
|2010||Big Love||Mr. Usher||Episode: "Next Ticket Out"|
|2011||The Mentalist||Neurologist||Episode: "Fugue in Red"|
|2012||Major Crimes||State Senator McAustin||Episode: "The Shame Game"|
|2013||Grey's Anatomy||Nick Parker||Episode: "Transplant Wasteland"|
|2013-2015||Granite Flats||Dr. Millard Whittison|
|2013||Holliston||Mark Ward||Episode: "Joe's Soda"|
|2015||American Horror Story||Mr. Samuels||Episode: "Mommy"|
|2017||Sharknado 5: Global Swarming||Ambassador Kessler||Television movie|
|Vivian Beaumont Theater||Understudy for Osric|
|1978-1980||Da||Morosco Theatre||Assistant Stage Manager|
Understudy for Young Charlie
- "Billboard Top 40 Hits (1979) at cyList".
- "Actor's angels heaven-sent James Naughton has waited a lifetime for this 'breakout' role". Miami Herald. 3 June 1990. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
- "David Naughton Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on August 24, 2010.
- Reilly, Sue (28 September 1981). "David Naughton Trades Dr Pepper for London Moonshine". People. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
- League, The Broadway. "Da – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB".
- Auden, Sandy (2006). "Getting Naked: An American Werewolf in London Revealed -- An Interview with David Naughton". The SF Site. Cite journal requires
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 388. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- David Naughton on IMDb
- David Naughton at the Internet Broadway Database
- David Naughton at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- David Naughton at the TCM Movie Database
- David Naughton at AllMovie
- David Naughton at AllMusic
- "David Naughton at The Official John Carpenter website". 2001. Archived from the original on May 13, 2001.