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Wayne Tippit

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Wayne Tippit December 19, 1932 – August 28, 2009 was an American television and stage character actor He was best known to television audiences for playing Ted Adamson on the 1970s and 1980s CBS soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, for five years He later portrayed Palmer Woodward, the father of Heather Locklear's character, Amanda Woodward, on the Fox primetime soap opera, Melrose Place, during the 1990s


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Gerald Wayne Tippit was born on December 19, 1932, in Lubbock, Texas He initially enrolled at what is now called Texas Tech University, where he pursued drama and speech However, Tippit transferred to the University of Iowa, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1953

Tippit enlisted in the United States Army following his graduation, where he produced a radio show He moved to New York City after leaving the Army in order to pursue stage and theater roles


Shortly after arriving in New York City in the late 1950s, Tippit appeared in small parts on Broadway in Only in America and Tall Story Additional Broadway credits included Gantry in 1970, Harold Pinter's Old Times, and The Nerd, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly, in 1987-88

In 1959, Tippit was cast in the CBS soap opera, The Secret Storm, where he portrayed the character, Jerry Ames He remained on the soap opera for six years, while simultaneously working as an advertising spokesman for several consumer products During that time he was also affiliated with the now defunct North Jersey Playhouse where Robert Ludlum was producer

He continued to perform in stage roles in New York City during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s He found acclaim in the late 1960s in a pair of off-Broadway shows, MacBird and The Boys in the Band In MacBird, Mr Tippit took over the title role – a character seen as a caricature of President Lyndon Johnson – from Stacy Keach In The Boys in the Band, he played Hank, a married-with-children schoolteacher who shows up at a birthday party with his male lover He took over the lead in Werner Liepolt's "The Young Master Dante" at The American Place Theater in 1968-69 In the early 1970s Tippit played Agent Dan Shore on The Rockford Files In 1978, Tippit was cast as Ted Adamson on the CBS daytime soap opera, Search for Tomorrow He remained in the cast of Search for Tomorrow for five years In the mid-1980s he appeared in Lanford Wilson's autobiographical play Lemon Sky, opposite Jeff Daniels and Jill Eikenberry

After roles in films such as Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon 1970, Pipe Dreams 1976 and Rollercoaster 1977, Wayne appeared in the 1981 movie Taps, as US Army Master Sergeant Kevin Moreland the father of actor Timothy Hutton's character Cadet Major Brian Moreland Tippit and his family were longtime residents of Ridgewood, New Jersey, but moved to Los Angeles in 1990 to pursue television roles after he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease He appeared on a number of television series, mostly in guest appearances as characters on Diagnosis: Murder, LA Law, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Quantum Leap, The X-Files, Matlock and Tales from the Darkside During the 1990s, Tippit appeared on Melrose Place, playing Palmer Woodward, father of Heather Locklear's character, Amanda Woodward He also appeared in The Dream Team 1989 and Madhouse 1990, and portrayed the FBI agent, Frank, in 1991's JFK


Tippit received a single lung transplant in 2000 as treatment for severe emphysema He died of respiratory failure after a long illness with multiple complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on August 28, 2009, at the age of 76 He was survived by his wife, Carole Macho Tippit, daughters, Sarah Tippit and Kate Tippit Avron, and four grandchildren


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Passings: Wayne Tippit, Character actor on stage and TV" Los Angeles Times 2009-09-04 Retrieved 2009-09-04 
  2. ^ a b c "Passings: Wayne Tippit obituary" The Record Bergen County NorthJerseycom 2009-09-02 Retrieved 2009-09-04 
  3. ^ JFK movie
  4. ^ http://wwwimdbcom/name/nm0864133/ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t77

External links

  • Wayne Tippit on IMDb
  • Wayne Tippit, character actor, formerly of Ridgewood
  • Wayne Tippit at Find a Grave

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