David Schramm, star on NBC’s “Wings”, dies at the age of 73

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David Schramm, a stage actor who was also a star in the NBC comedy “Wings”, has died. He was 73 years old.

Schramm was a founding member of New York’s The Acting Company, which announced the news of his death on Sunday.

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He played Roy Biggins, the rival airline owner of “Wings”, and appeared in all 172 episodes between 1990 and 1997. During his 40-year career, Schramm also appeared on Story in the television film “The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum” in 1990 and played Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in the mini-series “Kennedy”. His films include “Let It Ride”, “Johnny Handsome” and “A Shock to the System”.

He graduated from New York’s Julliard School and has appeared in productions on and off Broadway, at the New York Theater Workshop, at the Pasadena Playhouse, at George Street Playhouse, at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington DC and others. His plays include Alan Ayckbourn’s “Bedroom Face” and the revival of “Finian’s Rainbow” in 2009.

“We mourn him and will miss him,” said The Acting Company’s Margot Harley in the group’s statement.

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