David Sabin

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BornApril 24, 1937
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
CitizenshipUnited States of America

David Sabin (born in April 24, 1937) is an American actor who has worked on Broadway theatre[1][2][3], TV and as member of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. [4] He was born in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.

Sabin has played many Shakespearian parts, including a standout performance as Stephan in The Tempest,[5] Falstaff in Daniel Fish's adaption of The Merry Wives of Windsor in 1998,[6][7] a role he had previously played in Michael Kahn's 1994 adaption.[8] He was also in Mark Lamos' s 2003 production of A Midsummer's Night Dream where he played Bottom.[9][10]

Sabin's theatre credits include being in the original cast of The Water Engine as Morton Gross,[11], the 1991 Chicago production of Lend Me a Tenor as Saunders,[12] the 1998 stage adaptation of Tennesse Williams Sweet Bird of Youth[13][14] and the 2011 staging of Follies on Broadway as Dimitri Wiesmann.[15][16]

Sabin had numerous appearances on television shows, playing Crawford in the 1975 episode of Kojak Secret Snow Deadly Snow; as General Carter in the mini series Kennedy; The Rockford Files (A Bad Deal in the Valley) ; St. Elsewhere, and Highway to Heaven.[17] Sabin's best known role was playing Little John from the 1975 Mel Brooks - produced television show When Things Were Rotten.[18]

Sabin has won nomination including Helen Hayes Award, Resident Play (1995, 2003 and 2005) and Helen Hayes Award|The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play (2004).[19]

Sabin retired from acting in the late 2017.


  1. Mel Gussow (19 August 1983). "THEATER: 'PREPPIES,' A MUSICAL SATIRE". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  2. Mel Gussow (18 October 1977). "Never Can Tell Reveals A Shaw at His Minimum". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  3. Richard Eder (6 July 1978). "'Idiot's Delight' Staged in Williamstown". Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  4. "Threepenny Opera' To Play Central Park". The New York Times. 22 June 1977. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  5. J. Wynn Rousuck (19 December 1997). "Sets and cast make 'The Tempest' a sight to behold Theater review". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  6. Lloyd Rose (31 March 1998). "Merry Wives': A Big Belly But Few Sustained Laugh". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  7. Jane Horowitz (15 June 1999). "Backstage". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  8. "In Falstaff's Footsteps". Shakespeare Theatre Company. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  9. Jane Horowitz (18 November 2003). "David Sabin, Getting to The Bottom of Dream' '". Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  10. "Sweet Dream". Metro Weekly. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  11. Richard Eder (6 Jan 1978). "Stage: Mamet Reinvents Radio". Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  12. Richard Christiansen (18 March 1991). "THERE'S NOT ENOUGH PAYBACK IN 'LEND ME A TENOR'". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  13. C. S. Smith (13 October 2014). The New York Times Theater Reviews 1997-1998. ISBN 978-0815333418. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  14. Paul Harris (12 June 1998). "Sweet Bird of Youth". Variety. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  15. "David Sabin - Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  16. "Brief Reviews: Retrieving Life and Memory, April/May 2012". Hadassah Magazine. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  17. "Highway to Heaven Season 4 - A Dolphin Song For Lee". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  18. Vincent Terrace (1985). Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials, Volume 2. ISBN 978-0918432612. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  19. "Helen Hayes Awards Timeline - AWARDS And NOMINATIONS". Shakespeare Theatre Company. Retrieved 19 February 2021.

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