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Subject: ARCHIVE: September 9, 1995 ~Musician and failed actor Keith Wayne, whose sole screen credit came as teenager 'Tom', one of the doomed victims in George Romero's 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead", later becoming a chiropractor with practice in N.Carolina, until taking his own life at 50. ...

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Date Posted: Monday, September 09, 01:35:52pm

Singer and Actor. He is remembered for his only movie role, Tom,
in the George A. Romero cult classic film, "Night of the Living Dead" (1968). ...

Keith Wayne
[ Ronald Keith Hartman ]
(January 16, 1945 - September 9, 1995)

Born Ronald Keith Hartman, in Washington, Pennsylvania, his was interested in singing and acting from an early age, and in August 1959, he competed in a local television talent show, "Summer Auditions," hosted by Bill Cardelle, and won the weekly prize (a $50 savings bond) as the best local talent. He also got an opportunity to compete in the grand prize talent contest by the same contest, but was not selected as the grand prize winner. After high school, he went to Mansfield University, in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where he majored in music. During his college years, he led a local popular dance band, Ronnie and the Jestors, and was a common actor in his university's theatrical productions until his graduation in 1967. Following college, he moved to Hollywood where he applied for acting roles, but appeared in only one movie, "Night of the Living Dead," (1968).

He then worked a number of years on television with the Bill Roberts Show, sang in the Unyted Brass Works band
and other bands, only to realize that he would always be a struggling actor and not become a noted artist.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, he decided to switch careers, and became a chiropractor, setting up his medical practice in Cary, North Carolina, where he settled down and married. He wrote a column for a number of years called Chiropractic Corner in Hardgainer magazine under the name of "Dr. R. Keith Hartman". His last paper was a work called How to Find Chiropractic Help, Bursitis and Tendinitis, Sternum Noises, Knee and Neck Care; plus the Notice of the Death of Dr. Hartman. He committed suicide in Cary, NC, although details of his suicide are not readily available. His body was cremated and the ashes given to his family.


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I don't know if it's true or not, but at some other websites I've read that Keith Wayne committed suicideby dousing himself with gas in a truck then lighting a matchMonday, September 09, 06:26:48pm
I think all the major actors from "Night of the Living Day" are gone now, the last being film's TV's newscaster Chuck Craig, who died last February (reported on this board last Spring)! ...But all of the actresses of the film seem to be still livingTuesday, September 10, 12:49:59am
The film still holds up 50+ years later! -Here's the VIDEO ...Precursor to hand-held thriller cinema like "Blair Witch Project"!Tuesday, September 10, 04:47:31pm

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