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2011 David Stollery
At the age of seven, David Stollery was named child actor of the year for his role in the Broadway production On Borrowed Time. He then appeared in several films, including A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court with Bing Crosby in 1949 and Where Danger Lives with Robert Mitchum in 1950. In the early 1950s, Stollery appeared in various television programs, including I Love Lucy, Dragnet, My Friend Irma, The Red Skelton Show, and The Ray Milland Show. David’s appearance on the Milland show caught Walt’s eye, and he signed the 14-year old to a studio contract.
At Disney, David appeared in several films and television shows. They include Along the Oregon Trail and Westward Ho the Wagons (both with Fess Parker), A Tribute to Joel Chandler Harris (in which he starred as the young Harris, author of the Uncle Remus stories), and Ten Who Dared, with Brian Keith.
But David is best known for his starring roles in two ongoing serials that were part of The Mickey Mouse Club. He first appeared opposite his friend Tim Considine as Marty Markham in Spin and Marty and its sequels, The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty and The New Adventures of Spin and Marty. He and Tim returned to the roles more than 40 years later to appear in the 2000 made-for-television film, The New Adventures of Spin and Marty: Suspect Behavior. His second major role was as Mike Martin in all 14 episodes of the Annette serial, which starred Annette Funicello.
A DVD version of the Adventures of Spin and Marty was released in December 2005 as part of the fifth wave of the Walt Disney Treasures series. On the 50th anniversary of the serial's premiere, Dave and Tim (who are 19 days apart in age) were interviewed by Leonard Maltin about their experiences filming the hit series as a DVD bonus feature.
After his teenage years, Stollery decided not to continue acting as a fulltime career. He studied design at the Art Center College of Design, then became an automobile designer with General Motors and later Toyota.