Wayne Maunder

(1935)
Date of Birth: 19/12/1935

Wayne Maunder was born in Four Falls, New Brunswick, Canada on December 19, 1935 and raised in Bangor, Maine. Major league baseball attracted his early interest and even though he had several tryouts, he didn't succeed. He then switched to psychiatry when he was at Compton Junior Collge, in California, but decided on another change, this time to drama. A part in an amateur play fired his desire to further his acting and he headed off to New York and hopefully Broadway. Wayne studied at Stella Adler's Drama Group during the day and at night Grand Central Station saw him waiting on tables, which is an occupation most theatre actors seem to rely on in the lean times. For the next two years he studied and acted, when he could, in stock companies. Hamlet and Othello and a stint in Much Ado About Nothing with the American Shakespeare Company on Long Island were some of his stage roles. He headed back to LA when a theatrical agent signed him up after watching him perform in The Knack. Wayne was 32 years old when he landed the lead role of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in the 20th Century Fox television production of Custer, which was later titled The Legend of Custer for USA theatrical release. He grew a moustache and his blonde hair long for the character. The 1967 produced series was full of stunts, action and believable stories, which captured the viewer, but unfortunately not enough of them because its run lasted only 17 episodes. Scott Lancer, the Boston educated oldest son of Murdoch Lancer was a role the Lancer producers thought ideal for him and Wayne was signed up in 1968. This series was also made by the 20th Century Fox stable and Wayne was required for action scenes as well as horse riding. Gone were the long hair and moustache, but that didn't stop him from receiving generous amounts of fan mail and appearing in television and teenager magazines at the time. During the 70s he appeared in a 1971 movie, The Seven Minutes and on television in Kung Fu (1972) and Chase (1973). In 1981, Porky's was his only reported role. He now spends his time behind the camera, producing independent films.

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