Troy Donahue (Movie Actor) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Troy Donahue

Troy Donahue was an American film and television actor and singer. He was a popular sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s.

Born: Merle Johnson Jr, January 27, 1936, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: September 2, 2001, Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Alma mater: Columbia University
Occupation: Actor, singer
Years active: 1957–2000
Partner(s): Zheng Cao, (199?–Troy’s death 2001, engaged from 1999)
Children: 1
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About Troy Donahue

Born Merle Johnson, Jr., he became a teen idol in the 1959 film, A Summer Place, and played a role in The Godfather II. He also played roles in Deadly Prey, Nudity Required, Sounds of Silence, and The Platinum Triangle.

Before Fame

He was a journalism major at Columbia University.


After he acted in My Blood Runs Cold, Warner Bros. ended his contract, which led him down a self-destructive path until he appeared in The Godfather II.

Family Life

Prior to his death, he was engaged to mezzo-soprano singer Zheng Cao.


His agent also tested the pseudonym Troy on Rory Calhoun.

Information related to Troy Donahue

  • New Star of the Year (Actor) Golden Globe winners
  • Warner Bros. contract players
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumni

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Latest information about Troy Donahue updated on September 01, 2020.

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