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Troy Donahue

Troy Donahue (January 27, 1936September 2, 2001) was an American actor, known for being a teen idol. Image File history File links http://www. ... Image File history File links http://www. ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ...


Merle Johnson Jr. was initially a journalism student at Columbia University before he decided to become an actor in Hollywood, where he was represented by Rock Hudson's agent, Henry Willson. According to Robert Hofler's 2005 biography, The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson, Willson tried out the name Troy on Rory Calhoun and James Darren, with no success, before it finally stuck to Donahue. The blond heartthrob established himself with uncredited roles in The Monolith Monsters (1957) and Man Afraid (1957), leading to larger parts in several films. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Columbia University is a private research university in the United States and a member of the prestigious Ivy League. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Henry Wilson was a Hollywood talent agent who played a role in popularizing the the beefcake craze of the 1950s. ... Rory Calhoun (born Francis Timothy McCown Durgin on August 8, 1922 – April 28, 1999) was born in Los Angeles, California. ... A reissue of two early James Darren albums. ... The Monolith Monsters (1957) is a science fiction film starring Grant Williams and Lola Albright. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ...


He starred in Monster on the Campus, Live Fast, Die Young (1958), and The Tarnished Angels, all in 1958, and opposite fellow teen idol Sandra Dee in A Summer Place in 1959. The latter made him a huge star, especially among teenage audiences. He signed a contract with Warner Bros. and played several successive leading roles in films such as Parrish (1961) and Rome Adventure (aka Lovers Must Learn). He met his co-star Suzanne Pleshette and they married in 1964 but divorced later that year. Monster on the Campus (1958) was a black and white, science fiction, horror film, released by Universal Pictures on a low budget. ... Original film poster The Tarnished Angels is a 1958 American drama film. ... Sandra Dee (April 23, 1942 - February 20, 2005) was an American film actress best known for her role as Gidget. // Alexandra Zuck was born to John and Mary Zuck, of Rusyn ancestry, in Bayonne, New Jersey, Dee was a professional model by the age of four. ... A Summer Place is the title of a 1959 film based on the novel of the same name by Sloan Wilson. ... Warner Bros. ... Parrish is a 1961 drama film made by Warner Bros. ... Rome Adventure, also known as Lovers Must Learn, is a 1962 drama, romance genre film, based on a Irving Finemans novel. ... Pleshette in 1991 Suzanne Pleshette (born January 31, 1937 in New York City) is an American actress, best known as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show in the 70s. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


After the release of My Blood Runs Cold (1965), Donahue's contract with Warner Bros. ended. He later struggled to find new roles and had problems with drug addiction and alcoholism. He was married again in 1966, to actress Valerie Allen, but they divorced in 1968. In 1970 he appeared in the daytime drama The Secret Storm. In 1974 he was cast in his most high profile role, in The Godfather Part II as the new fiancé of Connie Corleone. His character was called Merle Johnson, Donahue's real name. Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Secret Storm title card from 1960. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ...


The character of Troy McClure in the animated program The Simpsons is said to be based on an amalgam of Donahue and Doug McClure. Troy McClure is a recurring fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, who was voiced by Phil Hartman, and first appeared in the episode Homer vs. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Douglas Osborne McClure (May 11, 1935-February 5, 1995) was an American actor whose career in film and television extended from the 1950s to the 1990s. ...


He spent his last few years with his fiancée, mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao. He died of a heart attack in 2001. A mezzo-soprano (meaning medium soprano in Italian) is a female singer with a range usually extending from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above middle C. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a darker (or lower) vocal tone than sopranos, and their vocal range is between that... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Donahue also starred in the 1960's television series, Surfside 6.


Donahue is also mentioned in "Sandra Dee" from the movie Grease. Quote: "As for you, Troy Donahue, I know what YOU wanna do" as sung by Rizzo, acting as Sandy.


He is also mentioned in the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" in the line sung by the character "Bobby": "If Troy Donahue could be a movie star, then I could be a movie star." A similarly scathing reference occurs in the movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers when - after a furious row between Peter Sellers and director Blake Edwards - Blake Edwards comments to the camera that all actors are difficult with the exception of 'Troy Donahue', the implication being that anyone with talent is trouble to a director. The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (DVD) The Life and Death of Peter Sellers was a 2004 film about the life of Peter Sellers, based on Roger Lewiss book of the same name. ... Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show and later became a film star. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


External links

  • http://www.encore4.net/troydonahue/

The Panamanian salsa singer, Rubén Blades, mentions Troy Donahue in his song "Ligia Elena", which deals with the subject of a poor trumpet player "stealing" his rich girlfriend from her uptown world. Blades makes the girl's mother bitterly complain like this: "I'd rather have a grandson with blond hair, blond eyes and blond teeth, just like Troy Donahue's". The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
USATODAY.com - Actor Troy Donahue dead of heart attack at 65 (560 words)
Donahue died at St. John's Hospital and Medical Center in Santa Monica after suffering a heart attack on Thursday, said family friend Bob Palmer.
Donahue went on to star in a series of teen romances, including Parrish (1961), Rome Adventure (1962) and Palm Springs Weekend (1963).
Donahue was married at least four times, including to actress Suzanne Pleshette.
Troy Donahue (539 words)
Donahue died at St. John's Hospital and Medical Center in Santa Monica after suffering a heart attack on Thursday, said family friend Bob Palmer.
Troy Donahue was born Merle Johnson on January 27, 1936, in NYC.
Troy Donahue was a journalism student at Columbia University when he began playing in stock productions.
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