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David Oliver
American actor

David Oliver

David Oliver
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Intro American actor
Was Actor Stage actor Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 31 January 1962, Concord
Death 12 November 1992, Los Angeles (aged 30 years)
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David Oliver (1962 – 1992) was an American film, television, and stage actor. He is known for appearing in A Year in the Life (1987), A Year in the Life (1986) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

Early life and Career

Oliver was born on January 31, 1962, in Concord, California. He was one of eight children born to to Pat and William Oliver in Concord.

He began his acting career when he was twenty, when he appeared in "Abra-Cadaver" episode of Tucker's Witch, in 1982. In 1983, he appeared in television series, Go. In the years 1983-1985, he played the character of Perry Hutchins on the daytime television soap opera Another World.

In 1986 he played the role of Sam Gardner in the miniseries A Year in the Life. The miniseries then became a regular series in the fall of 1987 on NBC for one season. American actress Sarah Jessica Parker played Oliver's wife character in both the miniseries and regular series.

He also appeared in several stage roles including the San Diego Civic Light Opera's productions of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Li'l Abner.

Oliver was one of the founding members of Young Artists United. Shortly before his death, he had a role in the play Elegies staged at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills.

Personal life

David dated American actor, Terrence (Terry) Houlihan. They met in an acting class they were both attending.


Oliver died of AIDS on November 12, 1992, at his Los Angeles. He was survived by his parents, stepfather, seven siblings, and his partner, Terry Houlihan. His memorial service was held on November 18 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.


1983GoTV Series  Johnny GilbertBarry Gordon
1984Match Game/Hollywood Squares HourTV Series  Gene RayburnJon BaumanGene Wood
1982Tucker's WitchTV Series  Bill MoreyAlfre WoodardBarbara Barrie
1983-1985Another WorldTV Series  Victoria WyndhamConstance FordHugh Marlowe
1985Lady BlueTV Series  Jamie RoseDanny Aiello
1986Santa BarbaraTV Series  A MartinezMarcy WalkerNancy Lee Grahn
1986Night of the CreepsMovieFred Dekker Jason LivelyTom Atkins (actor)
1986A Year in the LifeTV Mini-Series  Richard KileyAdam Arkin
198721 Jump StreetTV Series  Johnny DeppDustin NguyenPeter DeLuise
1987If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be BelgiumTV MovieBob Sweeney (actor and director) Claude AkinsLou LiberatoreCourteney Cox
1987-1988A Year in the LifeTV Series  Richard KileyAdam Arkin
1988Defense PlayMovieMonte Markham Susan UrsittiMonte Markham
1988Deadly IntentVideoNigel Dick Lisa EilbacherSteve RailsbackMaud Adams
1989The Horror ShowMovie Leslie BohemLance HenriksenBrion JamesRita Taggart
1989Protect and SurfTV MovieLarry Shaw (director) Mike GenoveseThomas Haden Church
1990Murder, She WroteTV Series  Angela LansburyWilliam Windom (actor)Ron Masak
1991Edward IIMovieDerek JarmanChristopher MarloweDerek JarmanSteven WaddingtonAndrew Tiernan
1991Miracle in the WildernessTV MovieKevin James DobsonPaul GallicoKris KristoffersonKim CattrallJohn Dennis Johnston
1992Star Trek: The Next GenerationTV Series  Patrick StewartBrent SpinerJonathan Frakes
1992ShadowchaserVideo  Martin KoveMeg FosterFrank Zagarino
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