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David Selby Biography and Career Highlights
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David Selby Biography and Career Highlights

David Selby was born and raised in Morgantown WV, a town near the WV/OH border near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  He is of Irish/Hungarian/Welsh descent, and his people have lived in WV for generations.  His father, Claude, worked as a carpenter; his mother, Sarah, who died in 1998, was the inspiration for his first published volume of poetry My Mother’s Autumn.  He himself has been married for over forty years to the former Claudeis (Chip) Newman, whom he met when she attended a play of his while in college.  The Selbys have three grown children, a son and two daughters.  Their son Jamison was born during the airing of the 1897 storyline of Dark Shadows and is named for one of its characters. Jamison is an actor and writer who also wrote the radio play Return to Collinwood which was performed at the 2003 Dark Shadows festival.


When still in HS acting caught David Selby’s interest (as he speaks of in his poem “Teacher” from Happenstance, the second of his volumes of poetry), and when in college he changed his major from Business to Theater.  Like most young actors in those days, he worked for a good many Theater/Repertoire companies learning and honing his craft playing classic roles  – and seeing a good deal of the country as he did so.  During this time he also managed to earn a Masters degrees from UWV in Morgantown, WV and was awarded his Doctorate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale IL.  (For those interested in such things, his thesis – which David Henesy speaks of him staying after hours to sneak off on the DS office’s copy machine – was on the history of the American Place Theater in NYC.  Amusingly enough, quite a few of the classic Star Trek actors and guest star stable had worked for this well known repertoire company in their early days in NYC.)  Selby also holds an honorary Doctorate from UWV, awarded when he was one of their Commencement speakers in 2004.


In 1968 the Selbys moved to NYC, and DS was waiting to hear back from Brooklyn College about a teaching position when he received a call from his agent, asking him to read for a daytime soap.  He got the role of a silently menacing ghost named Quentin Collins on the supernaturally themed soap Dark Shadows, and was catapulted into instant fame and teen idol-dom.  He remained on the soap until its cancellation in 1971, then went on to star in the second Dark Shadows movie, Night of Dark Shadows.


In the 70s and 80s Selby worked steadily in movies such as Supercops, Rich Kids, Raise the Titanic  and Up the Sandbox , co starring with many of the best known and most respected actors of the period.  During this time he also made his Broadway debut starring with Jane Alexander in The Heiress, as well as appearing off Broadway in such productions as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Eccentricities of a Nightingale,  The Devil’s Disciple and Joe Papp’s production of Sticks and Bones.  His work from this period can also be seen on the TV series The Waltons,  Family, Kojak and Police Woman, among others.


In the early 80s he appeared on the final season of the series Flamingo Road,  playing the role of Michael Tyrone.  Soon after that series ended, he was cast as dastardly newspaper publisher Richard Channing in the nighttime serial Falcon Crest, created by Walton’s creator Earl Hamner Jr.  Selby played Richard Channing until the series ended in 1990, and was nominated for Soap Opera Digest awards three times, winning once for Best Actor in a Nighttime soap.


The 1990’s found Selby as busy as ever: He appeared in small but pivotal supporting roles in movies such as Intersection, Dying Young and D3:The Mighty Ducks, guest starred in such TV series as Touched by an Angel and appeared in the syndicated series Soldier of Fortune/Special Ops Force, appeared  at Hartford Stage in Connecticut in productions of Long Day’s Journey into Night  and St. Nicholas, recorded a number of Radio plays with LA Theaterworks and did voice work for the WV Public TV animated feature The Griffin and the Minor Canon, wrote his career retrospective  In and Out of the Shadows  and has continued to write plays.  One of these plays, Lincoln and James, is currently being developed as a screenplay.  Another, Final Assault, directed by his son Jamison, was presented by the Charleston Stage Company in 2003.


His most recent projects include a mix of independent features, big budget motion pictures and Sci Fi channel originals.  Three projects which are in the can but not yet released are the Sci Fi channel original Black Hole and the movies End Game and Unknown.


For up to the minute info on these pending projects as well as Dr. Selby’s previous work, please visit the official website, or the incredibly fact filled and impeccably researched fan site, criseydes david selby site.  Fansites are only as accurate as their information sources, and any news which is not cited as originating with one of these official sources, or an official Dark Shadows source such as Shadowgram, or is likely to be at best inaccurate or at worst, a rumor with no basis in fact.



This article was compiled from what I believe to be information in the public domain.  This was obtained from many sources including: The Official David Selby Site, In and Out of the Shadows, My Mother's Autumn, Happenstance, Criseyde's David Selby Site, Raise the,, and the Internet Movie Database, amongst others.  By the sheer nature of this complilation, and the nature of PR in the entertainment business,  I realize that I might possibly be perpetuating inaccurate information.  As with any other part of this site, if you find an inaccuracy or believe your copyright has been infringed upon, please contact me at and I will rectify the matter immediately.  JMW

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