David Clennon

David Clennon
Born (1943-05-10) May 10, 1943
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
Education University of Notre Dame (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Perry Adleman (1996–present)
Children 2

David Clennon (born May 10, 1943) is an American actor. He is known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Miles Drentell in the ABC series thirtysomething and Once and Again, as well as his role as Palmer in the John Carpenter's cult classic film The Thing. He has been frequently cast in films directed by Hal Ashby and Costa-Gavras.

Life and career

Clennon was born in Waukegan, Illinois, the son of Virginia, a homemaker, and Cecil Clennon, an accountant.[1] He attended the University of Notre Dame from 1962 to 1965. He studied at the Yale School of Drama for three years and became a member of their professional acting company. In 1996 he married Perry Adelman, a writer, camera assistant and photographer. They have twin children Daisy Virginia and Harry Francis.

He was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War, often participating in protests, and remains politically active. In 2013, he repeatedly spoke out against the film Zero Dark Thirty and refused to vote for it for an Academy Award, stating that it promotes the acceptable use of torture.[2]

In 1980, Clennon provided the voice for Admiral Motti in NPR's Star Wars The Original Radio Drama. He was a regular on the TV shows Barney Miller, Almost Perfect, The Agency, and Saved. Most recently, Clennon played Carl Sessick (a.k.a. Carl the Watcher) on Ghost Whisperer.

In 1993 he won an Emmy award for his guest appearance on the series Dream On.[4]

He often performs at New Haven, Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre.



  1. "David Clennon Biography (1943-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  2. "And the Academy Award for the Promotion of Torture Goes to ‌". Truth-out.org. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  3. Hammond, Pete. "Did Oscar Voter Who Spoke Out Against 'Zero Dark Thirty' Run Afoul Of Academy Rules?". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  4. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1443. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
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