David White (actor)

David White (Actor)

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David White (April 4, 1916 – November 27, 1990) was an American stage, film and television actor. His television credits include the role of Larry Tate in Bewitched, which he played from 1964 until 1972.

Early life

Born in Denver, Colorado, he served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He began his acting career in live theatre, making his Broadway debut in 1949 in the original play Leaf and Bough.


He married actress Mary Welch, with whom he had a son, Jonathan White (July 14, 1955 - December 21, 1988). Jonathan White was murdered at the age of 33, a victim of the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In 1958, Mary Welch White died during a second childbirth, though their daughter lived.David White and Dick York became close friends, on and off the set of Bewitched and remained so up until his death.


In 1964, White got the role of sycophantic advertising executive Larry Tate on Bewitched, which he played for the show's entire run (1964–1972). This is the role for which he would be best-known during his life and posthumously. The role of Tate's boy Jonathan was named after the actor's son. He performed in numerous TV shows in the 1960s, such as Bonanza, "Perry Mason" and Dick Tracy. David White was in two episodes of the original The Twilight Zone, "I Sing the Body Electric" and "A World of Difference". He also played J. Jonah Jameson in the pilot......
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