Troy Donahue

Actor + Singer
Born Jan 27, 1936

Troy Donahue was an American actor, who was extremely popular from the late 1950s to early 1960s, though continued acting into the late 1990s.

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1936 Birth Born on January 27, 1936.


1956 - 1957 2 More Events
1958 22 Years Old Donahue starred in Monster on the Campus, Live Fast, Die Young, and The Tarnished Angels, all in 1958. … Read More
1959 23 Years Old The big break of Donahue's career came when he was cast opposite Sandra Dee in A Summer Place, made by Warner Bros in 1959. … Read More
1960 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960 he was named by Film Daily as one of the five "finds" of the year. … Read More
1962 26 Years Old After Surfside 6 was canceled, Donahue joined the cast of another ABC/WB detective series, Hawaiian Eye for its last season from 1962 to 1963 in the role of hotel director Philip Barton, with Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens in the series lead. … Read More
1964 28 Years Old Donahue was married four times and had one child. His first marriage was to actress Suzanne Pleshette, with whom he had twice co-starred in films. They wed on January 5, 1964 in Beverly Hills. … Read More
1965 29 Years Old In 1965, Donahue was cast as a psychopathic killer opposite Joey Heatherton in My Blood Runs Cold. … Read More


1966 30 Years Old On October 21, 1966, Donahue married actress Valerie Allen in Dublin, Ireland. They separated in April 1967, and she filed for divorce in April 1968, charging him with cruelty, divorcing in November 1968.
1967 31 Years Old In 1967 he said Parrish had been the most satisfactory of his movies. "I had the best script and the best opportunity as an actor. … Read More
1968 32 Years Old The following year Donahue signed a long term contract with Universal Studios for films and TV. This lasted a year and saw him guest on a number of shows. He declared bankruptcy in 1968 and eventually lost his home. "I was living like a movie star but wasn't being paid like one," he says. "I lived way over my head and got into great trouble and lost everything. … Read More
In 1969, Donahue moved from Los Angeles to New York City. … Read More


1978 42 Years Old Donahue moved back to Los Angeles where he married for a fourth time. He acted in occasional television guest spots and appeared in whiskey commercials for the Japanese television market. Donahue said in 1978: … Read More
1981 45 Years Old After his fourth marriage ended in 1981, Donahue decided to seek help for his drinking and drug use.
1982 46 Years Old In May 1982, he joined Alcoholics Anonymous which he credited for helping him achieve and maintain sobriety. "I look upon my sobriety as a miracle," he says. "I simply do it one day at a time. … Read More
1984 48 Years Old As he recalled in 1984: … Read More


2001 65 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 30, 2001, Donahue suffered a heart attack and was admitted to Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica. … Read More
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