David J. Clive, producer, actor, and stage manager of more than a dozen Broadway and national theater companies, died Aug. 5 of lung cancer at his home in Imperial Beach, Calif. He was 78.
Born in Boston, the son of British character actor E.E. Clive, he served in the Royal Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
He launched his acting career with roles in summer stock, Toby Shows and the Stanley Woolf Circuit and appeared in early TV shows such as “You Are There.”
Clive transitioned to stage management in 1951. Over the course of his 32-year career, he managed various Broadway and national companies, including “Inherit the Wind” (1955), “Carnival” (1961-1963), “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” (1963), “I Have a Dream” (1975-76) and “Annie” (1981-83).
When not working with theater companies, Clive managed the Dallas Civic Opera, the Kansas City Opera, and the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford.
During the mid-1950s, Clive also tried his hand at producing. He worked on “Third Person” in New York and “All in the Family” in London.
From 1968 to 1974, Clive served as business representative for the L.A. branch of Actors’ Equity.
He moved to San Diego in 1989, where he penned “Theatre Tales,” a book about his experiences in theater.
He is survived by his wife, Janyce, and a son.