David Strickland

David Gordon Strickland, Jr. (October 14, 1969 – March 22, 1999) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stities in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan.[1]

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David Gordon Strickland, Jr.

October 14, 1969
DiedMarch 22, 1999 (aged 29)
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
Years active1994–1999
Notable work
Todd Stities in Suddenly Susan


David Gordon Strickland, Jr. was born on October 14, 1969 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. His parents, Gordon and Karen, both worked as executives.[2] Strickland moved with his family to Princeton, New Jersey, and later to California, where he became an actor. Strickland appeared in earlier television roles including Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister, Sister, and Mad About You. While filming Suddenly Susan, Strickland reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder and had a long and troubled history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was arrested five months before his death for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered into rehabilitation. He was due in court for a progress report on the day of his death. News reports of events leading up to Strickland's death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder.[3]


On March 20, 1999, Strickland and Andy Dick flew from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and spent three days partying in strip clubs.[4] After checking into Room 20 of the Oasis Motel, Strickland spent time with a prostitute, consumed six bottles of beer, hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam, and died during the morning hours of March 22, 1999.[5] His body was discovered by a private investigator hired by his friend and co-star Brooke Shields when Strickland missed his appearance in Los Angeles Municipal Court for cocaine possession.[6][7] Evidence of drug use was found in his room. The Clark County Coroner concluded that Strickland's body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt.[8]

After much discussion, the writers of Suddenly Susan decided to deal with Strickland's death directly by killing off his character, Todd Stities. In the show's third season finale, Todd fails to appear at work one day. When Susan calls Todd regarding tickets to a show, his pager vibrates on his desk. Susan spends the day searching for Todd, after learning for the first time about a number of good deeds he had done throughout his life. The episode ends when the police call Jack's phone, while Susan and her coworkers are gathered in a prayer circle, and the details of Todd's fate are left ambiguous. The episode is interspersed with out-of-character interviews with Shields and show's supporting cast.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Object of Obsession Homeless Man
1994 Postcards from America Driver
1995 Phobophilia: The Love of Fear
1995 Dave's World Police Officer Episode: "What the Early Bird Gets"
1995 Roseanne First Cop Episode: "The Getaway, Almost"
1995–1996 Mad About You Hollis 6 episodes
1996 Sister, Sister Dave Barnes 3 episodes
1996 Mixed Nuts Ross Kellog Television movie
1996–1999 Suddenly Susan Todd Stities 71 episodes
1999 Forces of Nature Steve Montgomery
1999 Delivered Will Sherman Alternative title: Death by Pizza


  1. ^ Ravo, Nick (1999-03-24). "David Strickland, 29, Actor; Had Role in Television Sitcom". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/86/David-Strickland.html
  3. ^ Ryan, Joal (1999-06-01). "David Strickland's Last Party-Hardy Days". E!News. New York, NY. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  4. ^ Ryan, Joal (1999-06-01). "David Strickland's Last Party-Hardy Days". E!News. New York, NY. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  5. ^ Ryan, Joal (1999-03-24). ""Suddenly Susan" Costar's Final Hours". E!News. New York, NY. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  6. ^ Shain, Michael (1999-05-31). "BROOKE'S PRIVATE EYE NEW REVELATIONS IN SUICIDE OF SHIELDS' 'SUDDENLY' STAR". The New York Post. New York, NY. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  7. ^ Gliatto, Tom (April 5, 1999). "Dark Forces: Brooke Shields's TV Sitcom Costar David Strickland Takes His Own Troubled Life". People. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  8. ^ Goldman, Adam (2004-02-15). "Anonymity of Las Vegas Is a Magnet for Suicidal Tourists". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved 2018-11-21.

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1969 (MCMLXIX)

was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1969th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 969th year of the 2nd millennium, the 69th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1960s decade. The year is associated with the first manned landing on the Moon (Apollo 11) and creation of the internet.


1999 (MCMXCIX)

was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1999th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 999th year of the 2nd millennium, the 99th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1990s decade.

1999 was designated as the International Year of Older Persons.

1999 in American television

The following is a list of events affecting American television during 1999. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and re-brandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.

1999 in film

The year 1999 in film included Stanley Kubrick's final film Eyes Wide Shut, Pedro Almodóvar's first Oscar-winning film All About My Mother, the science-fiction hit The Matrix, the Deep Canvas-pioneering Disney animated feature Tarzan and Best Picture-winner American Beauty and the well-received The Green Mile, as well as the animated works The Iron Giant, Toy Story 2, Stuart Little and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Other noteworthy releases included Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's breakout film Being John Malkovich and M. Night Shyamalan's breakout film The Sixth Sense, the controversial Fight Club and Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. The year also featured George Lucas' top-grossing Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer celebrated their 75th anniversaries in 1999.

51st Primetime Emmy Awards

The 51st Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 12, 1999. The ceremony show was hosted by Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce. It was broadcast on Fox.

The comedy-drama Ally McBeal won Outstanding Comedy Series, which not only dethroned five-time defending champion Frasier but also became the first time Fox won that award. In the drama field The Practice won Outstanding Drama Series for the second straight year, and led all shows with four major wins on the night.

Freshman series The Sopranos led all shows with 11 major nominations. From that show, Edie Falco not only became the first actress from a Cable network (HBO) to win Lead Actress, Drama series, she became the first person from any Cable TV show series, to win a Major Acting award. (Though David Clennon did win for only a guest performance in HBO's Dream On in 1993).

The real winner of the night was television writer David E. Kelley. Kelley was the creator and head writer for both series champions, Ally McBeal and The Practice. This accomplishment has not been matched since.

6th Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 6th Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 1999, took place on March 12, 2000. The ceremony was held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California, and was televised live by TNT.The nominees were announced on February 1, 2000 by Lolita Davidovich and Blair Underwood.

Andy Dick

Andrew Roane Dick (born Andrew Thomlinson, December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and television and film producer. Best known as a comic, he is also known for his eccentric behavior, drug addiction, and sexual misconduct allegations and arrests. His first regular television role was on the short-lived but influential Ben Stiller Show. In the mid-1990s, he had a long-running stint on NBC's NewsRadio and was a supporting character on Less than Perfect. He briefly had his own program, The Andy Dick Show on MTV. He is noted for his outlandish behavior from a number of Comedy Central Roasts and other appearances.

E! True Hollywood Story

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Forces of Nature (1999 film)

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List of people from New York (state)

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List of television actors who died during production

The following is a list of television actors who died during production of the television show in which they were appearing. In many cases, a show will handle the death of an actor by killing off their character or otherwise writing them out of the show. In other cases, the show may recast the part with another actor. In extreme cases, the show may be cancelled outright.

March 22

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Sister, Sister (TV series)

Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It premiered on April 1, 1994, and concluded after airing six seasons on May 23, 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls (playing characters Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell) were separated and adopted at birth. One was adopted by a single mother while the other was adopted by a couple, although the mother died a short time later. The two accidentally found each other fourteen years later and reunited.

Created by Kim Bass, Gary Gilbert and Fred Shafferman, the series was produced by de Passe Entertainment and Paramount Network Television. The cast, along with Tia and Tamera Mowry, also featured Jackee Harry as Tia's mother, Tim Reid as Tamera's father, and Marques Houston as their annoying neighbor. RonReaco Lee and Deon Richmond joined the main cast in the fifth season.

Sister, Sister was picked up by ABC as a midseason replacement and debuted on April 1, 1994, as part of the network's TGIF comedy lineup. The show later moved to a new timeslot for the 1994–95 season, but ABC announced that it was cancelling the program due to low ratings and its final episode aired April 28, 1995. The WB, which was still in its infancy in 1995, picked up Sister, Sister to replace the cancelled Muscle on its Wednesday night lineup of shows and the third season debuted on September 6, 1995. The program found its niche as part of The WB's lineup and aired for four additional seasons on the network, with the final episode airing on May 23, 1999.

In January 2018, a revival of Sister, Sister was confirmed and is currently in the works.

Strickland (surname)

The English surname Strickland is derived from the place-name Stercaland, of Old Norse origins, which is found in Westmorland to the south of Penrith. It has been used as a family name at least since the late 12th century, when Walter of Castlecarrock married Christian of Leteham, an heiress to the landed estate that covered the area where the villages of Great Strickland and Little Strickland are now. After this marriage Walter became known as Walter of Strickland, spelt in various ways.The coat of arms of the Strickland family of Gilsland is Sable three escalopes argent, meaning "three silver scallops on a black field".

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USL League Two

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