Keith Wayne

Keith Wayne

Original Name Ronald Keith Hartman
Birth
Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 Sep 1995 (aged 50)
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 6716583 · View Source
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Singer and Actor. He is remembered for his only movie role, Tom, in the George A. Romero cult classic film, "Night of the Living Dead" (1968). Born Ronald Keith Hartman, in Washington, Pennsylvania, his was interested in singing and acting from an early age, and in August 1959, he competed in a local television talent show, "Summer Auditions," hosted by Bill Cardelle, and won the weekly prize (a $50 savings bond) as the best local talent. He also got an opportunity to compete in the grand prize talent contest by the same contest, but was not selected as the grand prize winner. After high school, he went to Mansfield University, in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where he majored in music. During his college years, he led a local popular dance band, Ronnie and the Jestors, and was a common actor in his university's theatrical productions until his graduation in 1967. Following college, he moved to Hollywood where he applied for acting roles, but appeared in only one movie, "Night of the Living Dead," (1968). He then worked a number of years on television with the Bill Roberts Show, sang in the Unyted Brass Works band and other bands, only to realize that he would always be a struggling actor and not become a noted artist. In the 1970s, he decided to switch careers, and became a chiropractor, setting up his medical practice in Cary, North Carolina, where he settled down and married. He committed suicide in Cary, NC, although details of his suicide are not readily available. His body was cremated and the ashes given to his family.

Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6716583
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Keith Wayne (16 Jan 1945–9 Sep 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6716583, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.