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Cause of death  Brain cancer
Role  Film actor
Name  David Haskell
Years active  1970s–1980s
Occupation  Actor

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Full Name  David Michael Haskell
Born  June 4, 1948 (1948-06-04) Stockton, California, United States
Died  August 30, 2000, Woodland Hills, California, United States
Education  Carnegie Mellon University
Movies  Godspell, Body Double, Seems Like Old Times, K‑9, Deal of the Century

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David Michael Haskell (June 4, 1948 â€“ August 30, 2000) was an American film, stage and television actor and singer.


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Early life

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He was born in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California. David graduated from Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, California, in June 1966.

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He attended the College of Marin before transferring to Carnegie Mellon University.

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He was also a Past Master Councilor of the Mill Valley Chapter, Order of DeMolay.


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Haskell is best remembered for his dual performance in the 1970s in the New York City, New York, Off-Broadway musical-theatre production Godspell and its subsequent film adaptation Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973) appearing as both John the Baptist and Judas Iscariot. He also appeared as Claudio in the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival off-Broadway theatre production (1976), at the Delacorte Theater, of the play Measure for Measure (circa 1603 or 1604) by William Shakespeare.

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He played recurring character Nick Hartley on the soap opera Santa Barbara from 1985-1986, the love interest of the character Kelly played by Robin Wright-Penn. He can also be seen as the doctor who saves the life of the dog at the end of the 1989 movie K-9.

Haskell also made various guest appearances on several television series from the 1970s to the 1990s. Included in these is a 1973 appearance in The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the fourth season episode, "Cottage for Sale". He played a newlywed home buyer named David Russell.


He died of brain cancer, aged 52, in Woodland Hills, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. He was surrounded by family and friends, including original cast members from Godspell. He is survived by his daughter, a practicing attorney in Los Angeles, his father who lives in Marin County, California, and his sister who lives in Portland, Oregon.

Partial filmography

  • Godspell (1973) - John / Judas
  • Seems Like Old Times (1980) - Policeman
  • Deal of the Century (1983) - Rockwell Official
  • Body Double (1984) - Will the Drama Teacher
  • The Boost (1988) - Doctor
  • K-9 (1989) - Doctor
  • References

    David Haskell Wikipedia