Although his name might not be well known, his face will be recognized by many who watched TV westerns and other dramas, throughout the 60’s and 70’s. James Wainwright was born in Danville in 1937 and attended Danville High School.
Wainwright moved to Hollywood and made a career as a character actor appearing in Daniel Boone, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Hawaii 5-O, Dynasty, M.A.S.H. and many others.
A timeline of James Wainwright’s film career will be highlighted in the museum located in the theater’s lobby, along with a life-size, free-standing portrait which will join the existing likenesses of Danville celebrities Dick and Jerry Van Dyke, Gene Hackman, Donald O’Connor, Bobby Short and Helen Morgan.
Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, will be on hand to officially proclaim Sept. 28, 2013 to be “James Wainwright Day.”
Also on Saturday, the Fischer Theatre will be hosting its largest retro soda tasting event to date. In honor of James Wainwright and his many portrayals in westerns, this soda tasting event will feature a western theme with many soda flavors associated with the “wild west.” Flavors such as sarsaparilla, birch beer, “hot” ginger ale, and prickly pear cactus will be offered to sample, as well as some new and exotic flavors. The soda tasting will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday outside and under the Fischer Theatre’s marquee on Vermilion Street.
New this year, will be an exclusive, commemorative Fischer Theatre shot glass keepsake which will only be offered in a special V.I.P. package which for $15 will enable the purchaser to use it for unlimited tastings to the dozens of flavors offered. In addition to the collectible shot glass, the V.I.P. package includes a cowboy hat, bandana, free bag of popcorn, and a chance to win a retro soda and candy gift basket.