David Birney was born on the 23rd April 1939, in Washington, D.C. USA, and is a television, film, and theater actor, perhaps best known for his roles in the series “Bridget Loves Bernie” (1972-1973) and “St. Elsewhere” (1982-1983). Birney’s career started in 1967.
Have you ever wondered how rich David Birney is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Birney’s net worth is as high as $5 million, an amount earned through his successful acting career. In addition to playing in television shows, Birney also worked in both theater and film, which improved his wealth too.
David Birney Net Worth $5 Million
David Birney was the first child of Jeanne and Edwin B. Birney, a special agent for the FBI, and went to high schools in Ohio and Brooklyn before he matriculated from West High School in Cleveland. He later attended Dartmouth College graduating with a BA in English literature, while at the UCLA Birney received an MA in Theatre Arts, and then decided to pursue an acting career.
Following his notable roles in the theater in such adaptations as Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II and Richard III among others, David finally got his first on-screen part in 1967. He appeared in an episode of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing”, and then starred in a Primetime Emmy Award-nominated TV movie called “Saint Joan” (1967). From 1972 to 1973, he portrayed Bernie Steinberg in 24 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-nominated show “Bridget Loves Bernie”, which is one of his best parts to date. In 1976, Birney played John Quincy Adams in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning show “The Adams Chronicles”, and also had a role as Serpico in the series about the famous New York detective who hunted bad cops. He ended the ‘70s with a starring role in John Carpenter’s horror movie “Someone’s Watching Me!” (1978), and starred in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning television drama “High Midnight” (1979), all of which contributed steadily to his net worth.
David returned to TV series in the ‘80s, and played Dr. Ben Samuels in 22 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-nominated “St. Elsewhere” (1982-1983), while from 1989 to 1993, he appeared in four episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning “Murder, She Wrote”. In 1990, Birney had a part alongside Stephen Dorff in the drama “Always Remember I Love You”, and in 1995 he portrayed Harry Chandler Moore in 13 episodes of the show “Live Shot”. Birney’s latest notable appearance was in the Golden Globe Award-winning series “Without a Trace” in 2007.
Regarding his personal life, David Birney was married to Joan Concannon, and then he married fellow actress Meredith Baxter in 1974, with whom he played in “Bridget Loves Bernie”. David has three children with her, but they divorced in 1989, since when he has remained unmarried.
Performing at the Miniature Theatre of Chester in Arthur Miller's "The Price". [October 2005]
Played Anakin Skywalker in the NPR radio dramatization of "Return of the Jedi" (1996).
Ex-stepfather of Eva Bush.
Although one of his earliest TV roles was that of Bernie Steinberg, a Jewish man who falls in love with an Irish woman, he is Irish himself and was once the Grand Marshal of the parade for the Irish Faire held in Burbank, California in the late 1980s.
Once married to Meredith Baxter (Elyse Keaton on Family Ties (1982)), whom he met while filming their television series Bridget Loves Bernie (1972) in 1972. They have three children: a daughter, Kate, and twins named Mollie and Peter (b. 1984).
A long time spokesperson for childrens' and educational issues.
Serves on the Board of the Foundation for Bio-Medical Research and the Advisory Panel for the Council for Children's Rights
Served on the Dartmouth College Board of Overseers for the Hopkins Center for the Perforning Arts
Has twice been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
For five years, he chaired the American Diabetes Association.
He holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Theatre from UCLA.