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Morning Man Classic: David Oliver!

I’ve made myself sad all over again by doing this post – sad over the loss of such a young, talented man to AIDS 25 years ago. He’s actor David Oliver who was a huge crush of mine in the late 80s when he was one of the stars of NBC’s A Year in the Life. The 1987-88 show was terrific and started as a miniseries in 1986. And since it was so good and so grown-up, it only lasted one damned season. Playing David’s wife on the show was, get this, Sarah Jessica Parker. The two clearly remained friends as they attended events together even after the show ended. He began his acting career in 1982 and from 1983 to 1985, he played the role of Perry Hutchins on the daytime soap opera Another World. David was only 30 when he died in November 1992. He was survived by his parents, stepfather, seven siblings, and his partner, Terry Houlihan. Shortly before his death, he had a role in the play Elegies staged at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills.

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  1. I had such a crush on David and I loved a Year on the Life which I still have on VHS.

  2. Hi Greg, thank you for the Morning Man Classics. I’m wondering if you have material or trivia regarding the actor Hiram Keller?

  3. Incidentally, on this World AIDS Day, I happen to be seeing David on-screen for the first time in years. I, too, had a massive crush on him back in the day!!!

  4. (I’m not sure my full comment posted…) I had no idea. May God bless and be with his loved ones.

  5. I just found A Year In The Life and I think he’s terrific in it. Sent me on a Googling quest and it landed me here. Crazy how an actor’s talent can still make an impact 29 years after his death, however short the guy’s career was. RIP, David.

  6. So I’m totally late to the party on this one. I only recently learned of A Year in the Life, which I began watching via YouTube yesterday, 11/12/21 — which I have just learned is the anniversary of the day that David Oliver passed away. Seeing him on screen, I can’t get over how cute he was! Had my 16 y/o self seen him in 1986, I would have crushed on him sooo hard. How sad to lose such a talent at such a young age. Now I want to know everything about him! Any idea if his partner Terry Houlihan is still around somewhere?

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