David Huffman

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David Huffman
BornDavid Oliver Huffman
(1945-05-10)May 10, 1945
Berwyn, Illinois, U.S.
DiedFebruary 27, 1985(1985-02-27) (aged 39)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Homicide
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
OccupationActor
Years active1969–1984
Spouse(s)Phyllis Huffman (m. 1967–85)
Children2
 
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David Huffman
BornDavid Oliver Huffman
(1945-05-10)May 10, 1945
Berwyn, Illinois, U.S.
DiedFebruary 27, 1985(1985-02-27) (aged 39)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Homicide
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
OccupationActor
Years active1969–1984
Spouse(s)Phyllis Huffman (m. 1967–85)
Children2

David Oliver Huffman (May 10, 1945 – February 27, 1985) was an American stage, television and film actor.

Personal life[edit]

Huffman married casting director Phyllis Huffman (nee Grennan) in 1967.[1] The couple had two sons and remained married until Huffman's death in 1985.[2]

Murder[edit]

On the morning February 27, 1985, Huffman was fatally stabbed by a suspected burglar in San Diego. The suspected burglar, a 16-year old illegal alien from Mexico named Genaro Samano Villanueva, had been living in San Diego with family members for approximately five months. He had dropped out of high school but re-enrolled and was due to return to school on February 27. Earlier that morning, Villanueva was taken into custody by police after attempting to steal a radio from a car near his home on India Street. Police released Villanueva into the custody of the vice principal of his high school and told him to return to class. Instead, Villanueva left school and went to Balboa Park where he was spotted by Canadian tourist Jack Beamer. Beamer, his wife and another couple were visiting San Diego and staying in motor homes at the park. Beamer saw Villanueva prowling around inside his friends' motor home and yelled at him causing Villanueva to flee the scene.[3]

At the time of his death, David Huffman was appearing in the play Of Mice and Men at the Old Globe Theatre. He had visited the theatre shortly before noon to share cookies with the cast and crew.[2] Huffman was sitting in his van near the theatre playing his bagpipes when he saw Beamer yell at Villanueva. He then gave chase in his vehicle before parking the van near the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and following Villanueva into the park. Huffman eventually caught up with the suspect and the two got into a physical altercation during which Villanueva stabbed Huffman twice in the chest with a screwdriver. Huffman died of exsanguination in 30 to 45 seconds.[3] Huffman's body was found less than an hour later in a gulley in Palm Canyon by a group of children visiting the park on a field trip. As he was not carrying identification at the time of his death, Huffman's body was not positively identified until later that night.[2] Police initially had no leads until the Canadian tourists whose motor home was being burglarized saw Huffman's photo and death announcement in the newspaper several days later and called police.[3]

Villanueva was arrested on March 12 after a police officer recognized Villanueva from a composite sketch given to police by the Canadian tourist.[4][5] In June 1986, Villanueva was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for Huffman's murder.[6] Huffman was set to begin work on the television miniseries North and South the following week.[5] In December 2011, Genaro Villanueva was denied parole for 15 years.[7]

Broadway stage credits[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1978F.I.S.T.Abe Belkin
1978Ice CastlesBrian Dockett
1979The Onion FieldDist. Atty. Phil Halpin
1980Wolf LakeDavid
1980Leo and LoreeDennis
1981Blood BeachHarry Caulder
1981St HelensDavid Jackson
1982FirefoxCaptain Buckholz
1983Last Plane OutJim Conley
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1973PuebloSeamanTelevision movie
1973Love StoryDavid RossEpisode: "Mirabelle's Summer"
1974F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles'Andy McKennaTelevision movie
1974The Yanks Are ComingTelevision movie
1974LincolnEllmer EllsworthMiniseries
1974Police StoryT. Byron BentleyEpisode: "A Dangerous Age"
1974NakiaEpisode: "The Hostage"
1974The GunWayneTelevision movie
1976Eleanor and FranklinElliott B. RooseveltTelevision movie
1976BarettaJesse BryantEpisode: "The Blood Bond"
1976Bert D'Angelo/SuperstarEpisode: "A Noise in the Street"
1976Amelia EarhartRadio OperatorMiniseries
1976Look What's Happened to Rosemary's BabyPeter SimonTelevision movie
1976Captains and the KingsSean ArmaghMiniseries
1977Play of the MonthChadwick NewsomeEpisode: "The Ambassadors"
1977Testimony of Two MenHarold FerrierMiniseries
1977In the Matter of Karen Ann QuinlanPaul ArmstrongTelevision movie
1978The Winds of Kitty HawkOrville WrightTelevision movie
1979Tom Edison: The Boy Who Lit Up the WorldTom EdisonTelevision movie
1979Lou GrantDaniel TodsonEpisode: "Hype"
1980Baby Comes HomeJeff WinstonTelevision movie
Producer
1981The Million Dollar FaceChristopher WardTelevision movie
1981Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best FriendJimmyTelevision movie
1982Little House on the PrairieReverend Addison HaleEpisode: "Alden's Dilemma"
1983Jane DoeDavidTelevision movie
1983Remington SteeleWilson JeffriesEpisode: "Vintage Steele"
1983Trapper John, M.D.Barry Laughton
Frank Maxwyn
2 episodes
1983Sparkling CyanideStephan FarradayTelevision movie
1984T. J. HookerDr. Don TraversEpisode: "The Lipstick Killer"
1984The MississippiHarley MorhaimEpisode: "Going Back to Hannibal"
1984NewhartTed KingstonEpisode: "Cats"
1984When She Says NoCarl JeromeTelevision movie
1984Children in the CrossfireLarry MaloneTelevision movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blank, Ed (May 29, 1985). "10 Actors Get Multiple Roles at The Public". The Pittsburgh Press. p. D4. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Damsker, Matt; Weintraub, Daniel M. (March 1, 1985). "Actor's Stabbing Death in Park Mystifies Co-Workers, Officials". Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Harris, Scott; Reza, H.G. (March 14, 1985). "Huffman's Slaying: Strangers Cross Paths and Tragedy Strikes". latimes.com. pp. 1–2. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Youth, 16, Held in Death of Actor David Huffman". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Youth arrested in actor's murder". Reading Eagle. March 13, 1985. p. 32. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Teen Sentenced In Actor's Slaying". Reading Eagle. June 3, 1986. p. 3. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ "San Diego County District Attorney 2011 Annual Report". San Diego County District Attorney. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 

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