David Naughton

Active - 1980 - 2017  |   Born - Feb 13, 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States  |   Genres - Horror, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Romance

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Biography by Hal Erickson

University of Pennsylvania grad David Naughton studied for a performing career at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Naughton first developed a following via his ubiquitous appearances in the musical Dr. Pepper commercials of the 1970s ("I'm a pepper, you're a pepper" etc.) In 1979, he starred as Billy Manucci on the "disco adventure" TV series Makin' It; Naughton's vocal rendition of the title song was briefly #5 on the pop charts. His subsequent series stints included 1983's At Ease and 1986's My Sister Sam. Naughton is most familiar to horror-flick devotees as reluctant lycanthrope David Kessler in the 1981 film An American Werewolf in London. David Naughton is the younger brother of stage and film actor James Naughton.

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  • Of English and Irish descent.
  • Played football in college.
  • For four years, was the lead singer and dancer for Dr. Pepper's ad campaign "Be a Pepper."
  • Had a top 10 hit on the Billboard charts with the theme song "Makin' It" from the short-lived sitcom Makin' It.
  • Famously portrayed David in the classic horror film An American Werewolf in London (1981).