David Clennon

David Clennon

Born: May 10, 1943
Age: 81
Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
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David Clennon (born May 10, 1943) is an American actor. He is known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Miles Drentell in the ABC series thirtysomething and Once and Again, as well as his role as Palmer in the John Carpenter's cult classic film The Thing. He has been frequently cast in films directed by Hal Ashby and Costa-Gavras.


Life and career

Clennon was born in Waukegan, Illinois, the son of Virginia, a homemaker, and Cecil Clennon, an accountant. He attended the University of Notre Dame from 1962 to 1965. He studied at the Yale School of Drama for three years and became a member of their professional acting company. In 1996 he married Perry Adelman, a writer, camera assistant and photographer. They have twin children Daisy Virginia and Harry Francis.

He was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War, often participating in protests, and remains politically active. In 2013, he repeatedly spoke out against the film Zero Dark Thirty and refused to vote for it for an Academy Award, stating that it promotes the acceptable use of torture.

I firmly believe that the film Zero Dark Thirty promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called war on terror. In that belief, following my conscience, I will not vote for Zero Dark Thirty in any category…I cannot vote for a film that makes heroes of Americans who commit the crime of torture.

In 1980, David Clennon provided the voice for Admiral Motti in NPR's Star Wars The Original Radio Drama. He was a regular on the TV shows Almost Perfect, The Agency, and Saved. Most recently, Clennon played Carl Sessick (a.k.a. Carl the Watcher) on Ghost Whisperer.

In 1993 he won an Emmy award for his guest appearance on the series Dream On.

He often performs at New Haven, Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre.


  • The Paper Chase (1973)
  • Helter Skelter (1976)
  • Bound for Glory (1976)
  • The Greatest (1977)
  • Coming Home (1978)
  • Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
  • Being There (1979)
  • Hide in Plain Sight (1980)
  • The Thing (1982)
  • The Escape Artist (1982)
  • Missing (1982)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1982)
  • Hanna K. (1983)
  • Star 80 (1983)
  • The Right Stuff (1983)
  • Special Bulletin (1983)
  • Falling in Love (1984)
  • Sweet Dreams (1985)
  • Legal Eagles (1986)
  • He's My Girl (1987)
  • The Couch Trip (1988)
  • Betrayed (1988)
  • Downtown (1990)
  • Man Trouble (1992)
  • Light Sleeper (1992)
  • Matinee (1993)
  • And the Band Played On (1993)
  • Grace of My Heart (1996)
  • Silver City (2004)
  • Syriana (2005)
  • Life of the Party (2005)
  • Constellation (2005)
  • Extraordinary Measures (2010)
  • The Good Doctor (2011)
  • J. Edgar (2011)
  • Mr. Jones (2013)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • Reversion (2015)

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