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David White

Larry Tate

A native of Denver, Col. and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, David White was a prolific Broadway stage actor. In the late 1950s he became a familiar face on TV, playing an assortment of disagreeable types (including a 1957 appearance on Robert Montgomery Presents in the episode "The Last Train to Kildevil"). White achieved his greatest fame as Larry Tate on Bewitched.

When the hit show ended, he continued to work in the theater and was a member of the Theatre West Company in L.A. Like the character he played on Bewitched, White had a son named Jonathan. Tragically, Jonathan was killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. The actor, who had been widowed long before the devastating loss of his son, became reclusive. He had just begun to work again when he died in 1990.

Character Bio

That "son of a gun" Larry Tate is a self-serving and manipulative boss who frequently changes his opinion mid-sentence to suit the opinions of others. Larry threatens to fire Darrin seemingly weekly, and will go to any lengths to please a client or secure a new one. Larry rules McMann and Tate with an iron fist and a spine of jelly. A "caring and devoted friend" to the Stephenses, Larry wouldn't think twice about inviting clients to their home at a moment's notice. Disliked by Endora and amusing to Serena--who refers to him as "cotton top," Larry can always find refuge at home with his own wife Louise and their son Jonathan. (Just what became of their other son, Timothy, no one seems to know!)