David Strickland

David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29.

His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World. He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death.

Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report.

News reports of events leading up to his death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder, and that he spent the last three days of his life on an alcohol and drug binge with a friend, actor Andy Dick.

Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid.

He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt.

At the time of his death he was romantically linked with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen.

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At the time of his death he was romantically linked with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. "When I'm 85 I fully intend to be the little old lady in the wheelchair in A Little Night Music!" she says. The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt. She vows she will never retire. He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. Peil also played Edith Davis, Nancy Reagan's mother, in the Showtime movie The Reagans. His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid. Dawson's Creek, which ran from 1998 to 2003, was her first series.

He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. She was 64 by her first television appearance, guesting on Law and Order in 1994. Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. She made her film debut in her 60s in 1992's Jersey Girl. News reports of events leading up to his death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder, and that he spent the last three days of his life on an alcohol and drug binge with a friend, actor Andy Dick. Her work has largely been confined to the stage. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report. In the winter of 2003, she again appeared on the New York stage, starring in Keith Reddin's play about the Kennedy assasination, Frame 312..

He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. She played the beggar woman in Sweeny Todd at the Kennedy Center in 2002 and in the spring of 2003 she played Antonio Banderas's mother in the musical Nine. Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. In May 1999, she appeared in the Yale Repertory Theatre's production of the Noel Coward play Hay Fever. He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death. She played evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in a revival of Irving Berlin and Moss Hart's As Thousand Cheer, offering what critics called a "sizzling" rendition of the song "Heat Wave". His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World. Gurney's Sylvia with Charles Kimbrough and Stephanie Zimbalist.

He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29. In 1996 and 1997, she toured in A.R. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). She won an Obie award in 1995 for her work in three plays: The Naked Truth, Missing Persons, and A Cheever Evening. David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. Some critics said she was better than Gertrude Lawrence, who originated the role, and was nominated in 1985 for a Tony for best featured actress in a musical. Find A Death - David Strickland (http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/s/David%20Strickland/david_strickland.htm). In May 1983 she was cast as the twelfth Anna Leonowens to Yul Brynner's King of Siam in the revival of The King and I.

She soon found herself on Broadway. She was persuaded to take a part in Kiss Me, Kate and to her surprise found she loved doing musical theatre. In 1971, she originated the role of Alma in the opera Summer and Smoke, based on a Tennessee Williams play, and performed it again when it was broadcast on television. She also sang with the New York City Opera.

In the 1960s, the soprano toured with Boris Goldovsky's opera company and the Metropolitan Opera's national company singing such roles as Susannah in Mozart and da Ponte's The Marriage of Figaro. Born in Davenport, Iowa, Mary Beth Peil--her surname is pronounced PALE--trained as an opera singer at Northwestern University under Lotte Lehmann. Mary Beth Peil (born June 25, 1930) is an American opera singer and actress best known as Evelyn Ryan on the television series Dawson's Creek. 57.

pg. June 18, 1996. "The bold soprano: After leaving opera for stage, Mary Beth Peil gets `Naked'." Boston Globe. Richard Dyer.

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