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David Naughton

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Occupation  Actor, singer
Role  Actor
Years active  1974–present
Height  1.79 m

Relatives  James Naughton
Siblings  James Naughton
Name  David Naughton
Nephews  Greg Naughton

Full Name  David Walsh Naughton
Born  February 13, 1951 (age 64) (1951-02-13) Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Spouse  Seann Sara Sella (m. 2007–2009), Denise Stephens (m. 1977–1984)
Movies and TV shows  An American Werewolf, Hot Dog…The Movie, Midnight Madness, Makin' It, My Sister Sam
Similar People  Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, John Landis, James Naughton, Greg Naughton

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David Walsh Naughton (born February 13, 1951) is an American actor and singer known for his starring roles in the 1981 horror film, An American Werewolf in London, and the 1980 Disney comedy, Midnight Madness as well as for a long running "Be a Pepper" ad campaign for beverage maker Dr Pepper.


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He also starred in the short-lived sitcom Makin' It and sang its hit theme song "Makin' It" giving him a Top 5 hit on the Billboard charts.

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Early life

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Naughton was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Rosemary (née Walsh) and Joseph Naughton, both of whom were teachers. He is the younger brother of theater and film actor James Naughton. His family is Irish American.

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Naughton attended the University of Pennsylvania and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Naughton was an Assistant Stage Manager and Understudy for the Broadway production of Hugh Leonard's Da.


Naughton first became widely known as a result of his four-year stint singing and dancing in TV commercials and personal appearances to promote Dr Pepper. He starred in the sitcom Makin' It and hit the Billboard Top Ten in 1979 with the show's theme song, also titled "Makin' It". A US million selling disc, the track also peaked at #44 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1980, he starred in Midnight Madness followed in 1981 by his lead role in the Academy Award-winning horror film An American Werewolf in London. He also appeared in the television series My Sister Sam and also in episodes of MacGyver, Melrose Place, Murder, She Wrote, JAG and Seinfeld.

Dr. Pepper ended its relationship with Naughton after he appeared nude in An American Werewolf in London.


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