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'Wings' star David Schramm dies at 73

He played Roy Biggins, the rival airline owner on NBC's “Wings," from 1990 to 1997.
David Schramm as Roy Biggins on NBC's "Wings."Monty Brinton / NBC / NBCUniversal via Getty
/ Source: NBC News

David Schramm, a stage actor who was also a star on the NBC comedy “Wings,” has died. He was 73.

Schramm was a founding member of New York’s The Acting Company, which announced the news of his death on Sunday.

He played Roy Biggins, the rival airline owner on “Wings,” and appeared in all 172 episodes between 1990 and 1997. Throughout his 40-year career, Schramm also appeared in the TV movie “The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story” in 1990 and played Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in the miniseries “Kennedy.” His film credits include “Let It Ride,” “Johnny Handsome” and “A Shock to the System.”

The cast of NBC's "Wings" poses in this undated photo. From left to right: Tony Shalhoub as Antonio Scarpacci, David Schramm as Roy Biggins, Tim Daly as Joe Hackett, Crystal Bernard as Helen Chapel Hackett, Amy Yasbeck as Casey Davenport, Steven Weber as Brian Michael Hackett, and Rebecca Schull as Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran.NBC / NBCUniversal via Getty

He graduated from New York City’s Julliard School and appeared in productions on and off-Broadway, at the New York Theatre Workshop, Pasadena Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company and more. His theater credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s “Bedroom Face” and the 2009 revival of “Finian’s Rainbow.”

“We mourn his loss and will miss him,” Margot Harley of The Acting Company said in the group’s statement.