David Ackroyd is an American actor born on May 30, 1940 in Orange, New Jersey. His father, Arthur, was an insurance salesman. David received his bachelors degree from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in 1962, where he joined the ROTC. Ackroyd became involved in local theater while serving in the military in Arizona, and was bitten by the acting bug. After his stint was up, he enrolled in Yale Drama School, and earned a Masters of Fine Arts in 1968. He built up a portfolio by working in stage productions in Europe. He transitioned to the small screen in the early 1970s, starring as a leading man in daytime dramas "The Secret Storm" and "Another World." He appeared as Gary Ewing in the TV show "Dallas" in 1978. He co-starred in "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home," a made-for-TV film opposite film legend Bette Davis in 1980. He found supporting and guest roles in a number of television shows, performed on Broadway, and narrated documentaries. Ackroyd is married to his wife, Ruth, with whom he has two daughters, Jessica and Abigail. He lives in Montana, where he established the Alpine Theater Project, an organization that produces stage productions for the Whitefish Theater Company. Famous players in his productions include Olympia Dukakis and John Lithgow.