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John Dunaway is a famous actor. He died of natural causes on January 29, 2012.
John has been married to Sue Wheelus since 1977 and they had one child, Jennifer. He loved painting, cooking and watching Jeopardy.
He was a World War II veteran. He also worked as a masonry contractor.
Early Life and Education
John Dunaway was born in Topeka, Kansas, on April 3, 1947. He was the son of John and Ferne (Ficke) Dunaway.
He graduated from Wentworth Military Academy and Washburn University. He married Patricia Fliney in 1978 and they had 3 daughters.
His first major role was in the 1967 comedy crime film The Happening, where she earned good notices from critics.
Her performance in this role earned her a second Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.
After this success, Dunaway began to pursue a more serious career. She starred in a number of smaller films that never generated commercial attention.
John Dunaway was a professional football player who played nine years in the National Football League (NFL) for Buffalo and the Miami Dolphins. He was a two-time All-Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times.
He played college football at Ole Miss. He was a star on the Rebel football team and became the school’s all-time leading tackler, a distinction that still stands today.
After his professional career, he served as an assistant director of the University of Arkansas athletic department and hosted a television show on golfing. He also taught notable figures such as former University of Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles and Senator John Boozman how to be good golfers.
In 1981, Dunaway appeared in the Paddy Chayefsky-scripted satire Network as Diana Christensen, a TV executive who will do anything to boost ratings. It was the first time she had portrayed a ruthless character in a film and it became one of her most popular roles.
Achievements and Honors
During World War II, Dunaway served as an Air Corps first lieutenant and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He was credited with shooting down seven enemy aircraft in aerial combat before he was killed in action.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized the ACE as the best movie star in its annual film award ceremony in 2006. Dunaway was also honored by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) as one of three ‘Fellows of the Institute.’
Throughout her career, Dunaway was known for her performances in iconic films like Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown and Network. Her performance as the TV network executive in Network won her many accolades, including a Best Actress nomination from the Golden Globe Awards. She was also lauded for her performance in Puzzle of a Downfall Child, an experimental film inspired by the life of model Anne St. Marie that was praised by critics as the best-filmed movie of its kind.
Dunaway is a merchant mariner who spends six months each year traveling the world as captain of a large cargo ship. He guides cargo through the Houston Ship Channel every day.
He loves to travel and explore new places. When he is not at sea, he enjoys hunting birds and surfing.
In addition to his career as a merchant mariner, Dunaway is also an artist. His paintings are often inspired by nature and feature bold brushwork.
Dunaway has been married twice. Her first husband was musician Peter Wolf, to whom she was married from 1974 to 1979. She later married photographer Terry O’Neill. She has a son, Liam Dunaway O’Neill, with O’Neill.
Dunaway was born as Dorothy Faye Dunaway on January 14, 1941 in Bascom, Florida, the daughter of Grace April (a housewife) and John MacDowell Dunaway Jr., a career non-commissioned officer in the United States Army.
She spent much of her childhood traveling around Europe and the United States as her father served in the Army, where she took singing and dance classes. She later studied at Florida State University and Boston University, graduating with a degree in theater.
Dunaway was married twice, first to musician Peter Wolf, and then to photographer Terry O’Neill, with whom she had a son. O’Neill shot the famous photo of Dunaway by the pool on the morning after she won her Oscar.