January 17, 2022


Wayne Maunder

Wayne Maunder

Wayne Ernest Maunder was born in Four Falls NB in 1937. He was reared, along with four siblings in Bangor where he moved when he was four years old. He considered it to be his hometown. His mother was Lydia Maunder . Maunder starred in three American television series between 1967 and 1974.

Maunder graduated in 1957 from Bangor High School, where he played football and baseball. He attempted to enter Major League Baseball but failed in tryouts with the Milwaukee Braves, San Francisco Giants, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Maunder then spent a few years in the United States Naval Reserve and went on a training mission on the aircraft carrier, the USS Leyte.

He studied English literature plus drama at El Camino College Compton Center, then known as Compton Junior College in Compton, California. He participated in an amateur play and was soon bitten by the acting bug.

He headed to Broadway and studied in 1961 under Stella Adler during the day and waited tables at Grand Central Station in the evenings. He participated in stock companies and acted in productions of Hamlet, Othello, and Much Ado About Nothing with the American Shakespeare Company on Long Island.

In 1965, while acting in a role in “The Knack” at the Red Barn Theater on Long Island, at a salary of $100 per week plus room and board, Maunder signed a contract with a management agency.

Maunder returned to Los Angeles, where he secured his first screen role under his real name, as Lt. Col. Custer in the eponymous 20th Century Fox production. He grew a moustache to accompany his long blond hair for the part of the American Indian Wars icon. 

Barbara Hershey, Michael Anderson Jr., Tammy Locke, and Keith Schultz in The Monroes (1966)
Barbara Hershey, Michael Anderson Jr., Tammy Locke, and Keith Schultz in The Monroes (1966)

The short-lived series, which took over “The Monroes” time slot, involved many stunts and difficult parts, but was quickly defeated by “The Virginian”, and” Lost in Space” on CBS, and dropped from the ABC schedule by the end of 1967. Maunder was credited as John Wilder on The Monroes but decided thereafter to return to his own name. 

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in The F.B.I. (1965)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in The F.B.I. (1965)

Between Custer and Lancer, Maunder appeared on three ABC series: the pilot episode of “Kung Fu” series with David Carradine, twice on “The F.B.I.” with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., as Knox in “Time Bomb” (1970) and as Earl Gainey in “The Fatal Showdown” (1972), and as Don Pierce in the episode “Crossfire” of the police drama “The Rookies” (1973). 

Edy Williams and Wayne Maunder in The Seven Minutes (1971)
Edy Williams and Wayne Maunder in The Seven Minutes (1971)

Maunder appeared as attorney Mike Barrett in the 1971 20th Century Fox film “The Seven Minutes“, a drama about a banned book and a rape which created chaos in a town. His costars included Philip Carey, John Carradine, Jay C. Flippen, Harold J. Stone, and Tom Selleck. The film was directed by Russ Meyer. 

Streets po San Francisco

After Chase, Maunder appeared in four remaining guest-starring roles: NBC’s “Police Story” (twice in 1975), a creation of Joseph Wambaugh, ABC’s “The Streets of San Francisco” with Karl Malden (1977), as Deputy Burt Campbell in the 1979 episode “Copy-Cat Killings” in Buddy Ebsen’s CBS series “Barnaby Jones“, and as Cavanaugh in the film “Porky’s” (1982). 

Wayne Maunder in Porky's (1981)
Wayne Maunder in Porky’s (1981)

In August 2018, Luke Perry was cast to portray Maunder in the Quentin Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood“.

Maunder resided in the Greater Los Angeles Area. In 1967, Maunder married the former Lucia Maisto. The couple’s son, Dylan T. Maunder, was born the next year in 1968.

Maunder died on November 11, 2018, aged 80 in Vermont. He was noted as having a history of heart disease.

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Resource: Wikipedia

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