Dabney Coleman is a veteran actor who has been in the industry for over a decade. He is popular as a character actor, a role he played so well that it was difficult to see him in any other light. The veteran actor has appeared in over 60 films and television shows and has received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. On November 6, 2014, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his skills and extensive work as an actor.
Dabney Coleman – Bio, Dude
Dabney Wharton Coleman was born in Austin, Texas on January 3, 1932 to his parents Mary Wharton and Melvin Randolph Coleman. Dabney was fascinated by the military as he was popular with young men of his day. So he joined the Virginia Military Institute in 1949 before being admitted to the University of Texas, where he received his law degree. In 1953 he was finally drafted into the United States Army. He served in Europe during his tenure.
Dabney’s acting career began in the 1960s after he trained with Sanford Meisner at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater from 1958 to 1960. His earliest roles were in the cinema with The Slender Thread (1965) and Downhill Racer (1969). He then appeared on television with a role in This Girl (1966).
Dabney began getting roles as a character actor around the 1970s. He appeared in Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974), Bite the Sour Apple (1975), Halfway There (1976), Mary Hartman (1976) and Fernwood Tonight (1977). He then acted as “Judge Keith Hayes” in the Academy Awards Melvin and Howard (1980). Some of his comic films include How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980) and You’ve Got Mail (1998).
Dabney Coleman’s versatility as an actor is undeniable as he has portrayed diverse and contrasting roles in a way that is almost real. One of those roles was in Nine to Five (1980) where he portrayed the character of Franklin Hart Jr., an evil and sexist boss. He played the same role as a comic relief villain in Tootsie (1982). He has broken away from this stereotypical role from time to time, like his character in War Games (1983).
Coleman’s performance on the television series Buffalo Bill (1987) earned him his first Emmy nomination. He later received an Emmy Award for his role in The Sworn Silence (1987), followed by a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in The Slap Maxwell Story (1988). The actor is also credited with two “SAGS” awards for his role in the TV series Boardwalk Empire (2010-2011). In addition, Coleman has appeared in television series such as Apple Pie (1978), Fresno (1986), Drexell’s Class (1991-92), Madman of the People (1994-95), The Guardian (2001-04), Woo Alex(2006), Heartland (2007), Ray Donovan (2016), NCIS (2019) to name a few.
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Wealth (income and earnings)
With the massive number of movies and television shows he has appeared in, Dabney Coleman has made a tidy sum for himself and most importantly kept his net worth afloat. His net worth is estimated to be approximately $5 million.
Is Dabney Coleman still alive?
Dabney Coleman is ill with age-related challenges. After diagnosis, he experienced successful treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). At one point he also had throat cancer, but in a 2012 interview he revealed that he was cancer-free.
It was reported by some unreliable sources in 2019 that the actor passed away on June 23 from age-related health complications, but it turned out to be a fatality. Dabney is still very much alive and still active in the film industry. He appeared in a few NCIS episodes in 2019. He has aged well and lives in Brentwood, California.