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Troy Donahue, Wiki and Troy Donahue Troy Donahue Actor preview photos and Troy Donahue (27 January 1936-2 September 2001) was an actor and teen idol of the 1950s and 1960s.
Life and Career
Born Merle Johnson, Jr., Donahue was initially a journalism student at Columbia University in New York before deciding 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 the name of Troy on Rory Calhoun and James Darren, without success before finally stuck to Donahue. The blond heartthrob was established with uncredited roles in The Monolith Monsters and fear of man in 1957, leading to larger parts in several movies.
He starred in Monster on the Campus, Live Fast, Die Young, and The Tarnished Angels, all in 1958, and in front of fellow teen idol Sandra Dee in A Summer Place in 1959. The latter made him a star, especially among teenage audiences. He signed a contract with Warner Bros. and played several leading roles in films such as Roma successive Adventure and a distant trumpet. The two co-starred Suzanne Pleshette, whom he married in 1964 but they divorced later that year.
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 married again in 1966 to actress Valerie Allen, but they divorced in 1968. In 1970 appeared in the drama The Secret Storm. In 1974 he was selected as the highest-profile role, a small role in The Godfather II as the fiancé of Connie Corleone. His character was called Merle Johnson, Donahue’s real name.
Donahue starred with Van Williams from 1960 to 1962 in the ABC television series Surfside 6, located in Miami, Florida. After Surfside 6, Donahue joined the cast of “Hawaiian Eye” for its final season, 1962-1963, in the role of hotel manager Felipe Barton.
After the breakup of his second marriage to actress Suzanne Pleshette brief, married to actress Valerie Donahue Pamela Allen (born 1940) on October 21, 1966, in Dublin, Ireland. The marriage ended two years later when Allen said in a divorce that Donahue was constantly late for dinner and ignored it. No alimony was awarded, but Donahue agreed to pay Allen $ 14,000 in monthly installments of 800 each and .
Donahue spent his last years with his fiancee, mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao. He died of a heart attack at age 65.
[Edit] In popular culture
* Donahue referred to in the line “As for you, Troy Donahue, I know what to do” for the song “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” in fat.
* It is also referenced in the Broadway musical A Chorus Line in the song “Hello Twelve, thirteen Hello, Hello Love.” In it the character of Bobby sings the line: “If Troy Donahue could be a movie star, then it could be a movie star.” A similar reference occurs in the film scathing Life and Death of Peter Sellers, when – after a furious row between Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards – Edwards’ comments to the camera that all actors are difficult, with the exception of “Troy Donahue, “which means only those with talent are a problem for a director.
* In the song by Badly Drawn Boy “One Last Dance” the line “I’ll be your Troy Donahue, if you’ll be my Sandra Dee” appears.
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