Henderson Forsythe
Born(1917-09-11)September 11, 1917
DiedApril 17, 2006(2006-04-17) (aged 88)
Years active1950; 1957–1999
SpouseDorothea Maria Carlson (1942-2006)
AwardsHollywood Walk of Fame
6338 Hollywood Boulevard

Henderson Forsythe (September 11, 1917 – April 17, 2006) was an American actor. Forsythe was known for his role as Dr. David Stewart #2 on the soap opera As the World Turns, a role he played for 32 years, and for his work on the New York stage.


Early life

Forsythe was born in Macon, Missouri, the son of Mary Katherine (née Henderson) and Cecil Proctor Forsythe.[1] He grew up in Monroe City, Missouri where he first studied theatre. He transferred from Culver Stockton College to The University of Iowa in 1938.[2]

While attending Culver-Stockton College, he was an active member of Mu Theta Nu Fraternity.


In 1979, Forsythe won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor (Musical) for his work in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He also appeared onstage in dramas such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, where he was in the original production taking over the role of George originated by Arthur Hill, and The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. He also appeared as Andrew Jorgensen in the off-broadway play Other People's Money. He was first to perform as the Auditor in Samuel Beckett's Not I, opposite Jessica Tandy.[3]

Television and film

His television credits included a recurring role as Big Bud on the television series Eight is Enough, which he reprised for another television series starring Scott Bakula called Eisenhower and Lutz. He appeared in many movies, such as Silkwood and Chances Are. In 1965, he briefly carried his As the World Turns character, Dr. David Stewart, over to the prime time soap Our Private World. Other soap operas on which he appeared are From These Roots and The Edge of Night.

Personal life

Forsythe married actress Dorothea Maria Carlson on May 26, 1942 (d. November, 2010). They had two sons, Eric, a professor at The University of Iowa and Jason, a writer. He died of undisclosed causes, aged 88, at Williamsburg Landing in Williamsburg, Virginia.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Deathdream Doc Allman
1977 The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Suydam
1978 The Greek Tycoon Stoneham
1978 Interiors Judge Bartel
1979 Night-Flowers John Flynn
1983 Silkwood Quincy Bissell
1987 End of the Line Thomas Clinton
1989 Chances Are Ben Bradlee
1991 The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez Senior Member
1998 Species II Pentagon Personnel


  1. ^ "Henderson Forsythe Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
  2. ^ "Henderson Forsythe, Respected Character Actor and Tony Winner, Dead at 88". 2006. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  3. ^ Mars-Jones, Adam (March 6, 2014). "Not I". London Review of Books. 36 (5): 22.
  4. ^ Douglas Martin (20 April 2006). "Henderson Forsythe, 88, Character Actor, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-06.