Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch by Lara Parker

Film

To view David Selby's filmography, visit the Internet Movie Database. A complete listing of David's work on stage, screen, and television is printed in his first book, In and Out of the Shadows.

For merchandise connected with the Dark Shadows series, see my Dark Shadows site. For compact discs, please visit the Radio/CD section.

The list below includes theatrical releases and direct-to-video releases as well as television movies and miniseries.

Most of the DVD/VHS links below will take you to Amazon.com. Using these links to purchase Selby films helps to support this web site. If you'd rather rent the films, you might consider using Netflix.

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The Affair (2004) - Feeling trapped in her marriage to her architect husband Paul, Jean, played by Kelsey Oldershaw, begins a relationship with bohemian lover Viggo. David Selby has a very brief role in this film. The working titles of this film were Topanga and Topanga Canyon. Reviewer Ron Ford had the following to say about David's performance:

The only interesting performance for me, and the only actor who seemed to give a damn about what he was doing on the screen, was DAVID SELBY (Quentin from "Dark Shadows") as a crusty old redneck landowner, trying to collect back rent from loser Viggo. He is old and broken, yet tough and craggy to the core. Sadly, he is on the screen for just a few seconds, and only in a wide master shot. There are no close-ups to get a better look at his work.

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Alone (1997) - James Earl Jones and Hume Cronyn co-star in this adaptation of Horton Foote's story. David plays Paul, son-in-law of John Webb (Hume Cronyn). The possibility of oil on Webb's land brings together members of his extended family.

 

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Black Hole (2006) - An experiment at a St. Louis lab goes awry, creating a black hole on earth and releasing an energy creature. Judd Nelson and Kristy Swanson co-star as scientists trying to stop the creature and destroy the black hole. David Selby portrays General Ryker. This film originally premiered on the SCI FI Channel in June 2006. It was filmed in St. Louis.

 

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D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) - David co-stars with Joshua Jackson and Emilio Estevez in this third installment in the Mighty Ducks film series. He portrays Dean Buckley.

 

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Doctor Franken (1980) - David plays Dr. Mike Foster in this movie that doubled as a series pilot. The series was never picked up by the networks. Robert Vaughn plays Dr. Arno Franken, who rebuilds a John Doe patient with "spare parts" in this modern take on the Frankenstein story. This movie has never been released on video.

 

 

 

 

 

Dying Young (1991) - This film about a young man fighting cancer stars Campbell Scott and Julia Roberts. David plays Richard Geddes, the father of Campbell Scott's character, Victor Geddes. He appears in the film's trailer. Check out the Dying Young Unofficial Movie Page for screen grabs, cast information, and much more. The working title of this film was Choice of Life.

 

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End Game (2006) - Filmed in Spokane, Washington in early 2005, the film centers on the conspiracy behind the assassination of the President. Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars as a Secret Service Agent, and Angie Harmon is a reporter who helps him expose the conspiracy. Anne Archer, Burt Reynolds, Jack Scalia, and James Woods also appear in the film. David portrays Shakey, a homeless man who may be a key witness. This is a direct-to-DVD release, and it will be available in May 2006.

 

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The Girl in Blue (1974) - David has a lead role in this film alongside Maud Adams who went on to appear in the James Bond film Octopussy. A young man becomes obsessed with a woman he only saw for a few brief moments, and he decides to seek her out. This film is currently out of print on VHS, but you can click here to search eBay for copies. It was released on DVD in November 2005. It is also known as U-Turn.

 

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Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive (1992) - David plays the role of Shag Williams, and Patty Duke stars as his wife in this made-for-television film. The film is based on the true story of a family who learns that their home was built over a cemetery.

 

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The Griffin and the Minor Canon (2002) - This half-hour animated film originally aired on West Virginia Public Television. It is based on the story by Frank Stockton. All the characters are voiced by West Virginia actors. David Selby plays the Griffin, and Chris Sarandon is the Minor Canon. Lots more information about this project is located on The Griffin and the Minor Canon page of this site.

 

 

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Headless Body in Topless Bar (1995) - A hostage situation erupts in a topless bar. David Selby plays the role of attorney Bradford Lumpkin. The contents of his briefcase are quite revealing. (You can view this film for free online via CinemaNow.)

 

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Intersection (1994) - Richard Gere plays a man at a crossroads in his life, torn between his wife, played by Sharon Stone, and his mistress, played by Lolita Davidovich. David Selby plays Sharon Stone's love interest following the breakup of her character's relationship with Richard Gere.

 

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King of the Olympics: The Lives and Loves of Avery Brundage (1988) - David Selby starred as Avery Brundage in this miniseries. Brundage began his Olympic career as a member of the U.S. track and field team. He went on to serve as President of the U.S. Olympic Committee and then the International Olympic Committee. Brundage is noteworthy for his decision to continue on with the games following the massacre of Israeli athletes during the 1972 games in Munich. This film was never released on video in the United States. It is out of print overseas, but it was available on video in PAL format at one time. (You can view this film online via CinemaNow.)

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Boss (1992) - This television miniseries, starring Kim Delaney and Jack Scalia, is based on Jackie Collins' novel. David plays tycoon Martin Swanson who is having an affair with singer/actress Venus Maria.

 

 

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Larva (2005) - David Selby plays Fletcher Odermatt, owner of Host Tender Meats. Their cattle develop a bit of a "parasite problem" that threatens the entire community. This SCI FI Channel Pictures film stars Vincent Ventresca, Rachel Hunter, and William Forsythe. The premiere is slated for Saturday, January 22, at 9:00 pm ET. See the News page for additional information.

 

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Love for Rent (1979) - David plays Phil in this made-for-television movie starring Annette O'Toole and Lisa Eilbacher as sisters who move to Los Angeles and take on jobs as escorts. Phil is one of their regular customers. This movie has never been released on video.

 

 

 

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Night of Dark Shadows (1971) - One of two Dark Shadows movies. David Selby's first starring role in a motion picture was in Night of Dark Shadows, the second of two film adaptations of the television series. (See the Television section for more about Dark Shadows.) Michael Miozza has created a web site devoted to both film adaptations of Dark Shadows. Be sure to visit his Dark Shadows movie site. Night of Dark Shadows underwent drastic editing prior to its theatrical release. In 1999, it was announced that missing footage from the film had been found. To find out about the ongoing project to restore the film and have it released on DVD, visit the Night of Dark Shadows Restoration web site. For other Dark Shadows-related items, visit my Dark Shadows Store.

 

 

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The Night Rider (1979) - David Selby stars as Lord Thomas Earl in this made-for-television movie that doubled as a series pilot. The series never aired. Earl becomes a masked crime fighter by night, searching for the men who murdered his family. Kim Cattrall and Pernell Roberts co-star in this western. This movie was never released on video.

 

 

 

 

 

The Norming of Jack 243 (1975) - This made-for-television movie aired as part of ABC's Wide World of Mystery. David Selby stars as the title character. Leslie Charleson and Christopher Reeve also appear in the movie. Jack lives in a futuristic society where behavior is strictly controlled. When he begins to step out of line, he must undergo a process of "norming."

 

 

 

 

 

Raise the Titanic (1980) - Based on Clive Cussler's novel, Raise the Titanic stars Ann Archer, Jason Robards, and Richard Jordan. David Selby plays a scientist involved in the project who is also Archer's love interest. Check out RaiseTheTitanic.com for much more information about the book and the movie. In 1999, a recording of the original soundtrack composed by John Barry was released. This is not the original recording, as the master tapes have apparently been lost.

 

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Rich and Famous (1981) - The final film directed by the legendary George Cukor, this film chronicles the tumultuous friendship between two women played by Jacqueline Bissett and Candice Bergen. David plays Doug Blake, husband of Merry Noel Blake (Candice Bergen). He appears in the film's trailer.

 

 

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Rich Kids (1979) - This Robert Altman film features an ensemble cast including Kathryn Walker and John Lithgow as a couple on the verge of a divorce. David plays Walker's love interest. The film deals with the impact of divorce on children and their parents.

 

 

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Shadow of Fear (2004) - Matthew Davis, James Spader, Peter Coyote, and Aidan Quinn star in this tale of a man who accidentally kills someone and finds himself caught in a web of adultery, blackmail, and murder when he tries to cover up his actions.

 

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Soldier of Fortune (1998) - This direct-to-video release is based on the television series of the same name. David plays Xavier Trout.

 

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Spin (2006) - The reggaeton music scene provides the setting for this film. David Selby portrays record company mogul Rob Polan.

 

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The Super Cops (1974) - Based on the book by L. H. Whittemore, this film chronicles the real-life exploits of New York City cops David Greenberg, played by Ron Leibman, and Robert Hantz, played by David Selby. The film was directed by Gordon Parks.

 

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Surviving Christmas (2004) - When Drew, played by Ben Affleck, suggests to girlfriend Missy, played by Jennifer Morrison, that they spend the holidays in Fiji instead of with their families, she walks out on him. Left to face a Christmas alone, Drew returns to his childhood home and "rents" the family living there now to serve as his family for the holidays. Complications arise when Missy and her parents drop by unexpectedly to meet Drew's "family." David Selby plays Missy's father, Horace Vangilder. Co-stars include James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, and Christina Applegate.

 

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Telethon (1977) - This made-for-television movie features an ensemble cast and deals with multiple storylines related to the broadcast of a live telethon from Las Vegas. Red Buttons stars as telethon host Mart Rand. David Selby is Roy Hansen, who, saddled with debt, is asked to commit murder in order to have his debts forgiven. This movie was never released on video.

 

 

 

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Unknown (2006) - This film boasts an ensemble cast that includes James Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper, Jeremy Sisto, and Peter Stormare. Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse, none of them able to remember how they got there or even who they are. They soon realize that they are all part of a kidnapping . . . without having the slightest idea of which side they were on. Flashes of memory start coming back to our men, progressively revealing their back-story and respective identities.

 

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Up the Sandbox (1972) - Margaret Reynolds, played by Barbra Streisand, confronts her own fears and fantasies as she grapples with telling her husband Paul, played by David Selby, that she is pregnant with their third child. This film is based on the book by Anne Richardson Roiphe.

 

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Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977) - This television miniseries was based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon presidency. David Selby plays Roger Castle, a character clearly based on John Dean. Robert Vaughn won an Emmy for his performance. Jason Robards, who portrays the president, was nominated for an Emmy. This movie was never released on video.

 

 

 

 

 

White Squall (1996) - A group of boys spend their senior year of high school serving as the crew on a boat led by a captain played by Jeff Bridges. As the film's title suggests, they encounter rough weather and are hit by tragedy. David Selby plays the father of one of the young crewmen who is portrayed by Jeremy Sisto.

 

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