Troy Donahue

Actor from United States of America

Troy Donahue (January 27, 1936 – September 2, 2001) was an American actor, who was extremely popular from the late 1950s to early 1960s, though continued acting into the late 1990s. Born Merle Johnson, Jr., Donahue was initially a journalism student at Columbia University in New York City before he decided to become an actor in Hollywood, where he was represented by Rock Hudson's agent, Henry Willson. According to Robert Hofler's 2005 biography, The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson, Willson tried out the name Troy on Rory Calhoun and James Darren, with no success before it finally stuck to Donahue. The blond heartthrob established himself with uncredited roles in The Monolith Monsters and Man Afraid in 1957, leading to larger parts in several films. He starred in Monster on the Campus, Live Fast, Die Young, and The Tarnished Angels, all in 1958, and opposite fellow teen idol Sandra Dee in A Summer Place in 1959. The latter made him a major star, especially among teenage audiences. He signed a contract with Warner Bros. and played several successive leading roles in films such as Rome Adventure and A Distant Trumpet. The two co-starred  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Donahue,Merle Johnson Jr.
Date of birth
Place of birth
New York City
United States of America
Edith, Merle Johnson Sr
Suzanne Pleshette Zheng Cao Alma Sharpe Valerie Allen Vicky Taylor
Sean Donahue Janine Donahue


Institution From To
Columbia University


Date of death
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction
Place of death
Santa Monica

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