as of June 1997
David Selby stars as Xavier Trout, a former U.S. Army Colonel
turned intelligence operative in charge of covert and top-secret
missions. Officially, he does not "exist" and operates
under the U.S. Government's plausible deniability credo -- "If
you get caught, we don't know you." When he is called upon
to carry out a complex and sometimes impossible mission, he contracts
"SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, INC." to complete the task, in
Rysher Entertainment's new action series "SOLDIER OF FORTUNE,
Selby was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. He received
B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University and a Ph.D
degree from Southern Illinois University.
Selby began his professional career in regional theaters, such
as the Barter Theatre and the Cleveland Playhouse, where he was
recently inducted into their Hall of Fame, and continued to work
on Broadway and Off-Broadway. His long list of Broadway and Off-Broadway
plays includes David Rabe's Sticks and Bones at the New York
Public Theatre; The Heiress with Jane Alexander, Eccentricities
of a Nightingale with Betsy Palmer, and Oliver Hailey's I Won't
Dance on Broadway; and Much Ado About Nothing with Kelly McGillis
at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., directed by Michael
In Los Angeles he starred in such plays as Slugger at the Geffen
Playhouse, The Rehearsal for the L.A. Classic Theatre, Money
and Friends at the Ahmanson, A.R. Gurney's Love Letters at the
Pasadena Playhouse, and received Drama Logue acting awards for
his portrayals of "John Proctor" in The Crucible and
the "Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon" in Night of the Iguana
at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
In addition to his extensive stage work Selby has appeared in
many feature films as well. Selby's feature films include "Rich
and Famous" directed by George Cukor with Candice Bergen
and Jacqueline Bisset, "Rich Kids" with John Lithgow,
"Raise the Titanic" with Ann Archer and Jason Robards,
"Super Cops" with Ron Liebman, "Up the Sandbox"
with Barbra Streisand,
"Night of Dark Shadows" with Kate Jackson, "Dying
Young" with Campbell Scott and Julia Roberts, "White
Squall" directed by Ridley Scott with Jeff Bridges, "Headless
Body" with Paul Williams, and "Mighty Ducks III."
Most recently Selby completed "Alone" for Showtime,
with Hume Cronin and James Earl Jones.
Selby has also had an accomplished career on television. His
television credits include such miniseries as "Washington:
Behind Closed Doors" and "King of the Olympics."
He has guest starred on many series, the most recent appearance
being on "Promised Land." Selby also created the roles
of Quentin Collins on "Dark Shadows," Michael Tyrone
on "Flamingo Road," and most memorably, Richard Channing
on "Falcon Crest."
He and his wife, Chip, reside in the Los Angeles area and are
very active in the non-profit community. Selby and his wife have
3 children. Their son, Jamison, is a professional actor in New
York City and their daughters, Brooke and Amanda, are presently