Keith Wayne (January 16, 1945 – September 9, 1995), born Ronald Keith Hartman, was an American actor known for his only role as Tom in the George A. Romero's cult film Night of the Living Dead (1968).[1]

Keith Wayne
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Keith Wayne in Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Born(1945-01-16)January 16, 1945
Died(1995-09-09)September 9, 1995 (aged 50)
Years active1968–1995
Spouse(s)Brenda Gail Hartman
ChildrenPreston Vincent Hartman
Leaja Diane Hartman
Parent(s)Vincent W. Hartman
Margaret Warga Hartman

Early lifeEdit

Keith was born in Washington, Pennsylvania. His father was Vincent W. Hartman.[2] His mother was Margaret Warga Hartman; she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Houston and the Order of the Eastern Star, 97 Chartiers Chapter.[3] In 1962, he graduated from Chartiers-Houston High School.[1][4][5] He graduated from Mansfield State College in Mansfield, Pennsylvania,[1] where he majored in music and was a fixture in university theatrical productions.[6] During his college career he led a popular dance band called Ronnie and the Jestors.


Wayne appeared in only one film, George A. Romero's 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead. Following the completion of the film, he worked as a singer for a number of years with The Bill Roberts Show, Keith Wayne and the Unyted Brass Works and others. In the early 1980s he became a chiropractor.[3] He wrote a column for a number of years called Chiropractic Corner in Hardgainer magazine under the name of "Dr. R. Keith Hartman".[7] Wayne's last paper was a work called How to Find Chiropractic Help, Bursitis and Tendinitis, Sternum Noises, Knee and Neck Care; plus the Notice of the Death of Dr. Hartman.[7]


Wayne died by suicide on September 9, 1995.


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Night of the Living Dead Tom


  1. ^ a b c Hazlett, Terry (14 March 1974). "Former Houston Man Heading For Stardom". Observer–Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania.
  2. ^ "Vincent W. Hartman (obituary)". Observer–Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. 6 November 1981.
  3. ^ a b "Margaret Hartman (obituary)". Observer–Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. 1 February 1983.
  4. ^ "NBC Sets "Back To School" Special Over Channel 11". Indiana Evening Gazette. Water Street, Indiana. 22 August 1959. Houston Singer Wins! Ronald Keith Hartman...
  5. ^ "NBC Sets "Back To School" Special Over Channel 11". Morgantown Post. Water Street, Indiana. 24 August 1959. Houston Singer Wins! Ronald Keith Hartman...
  6. ^ "District College News: Personalities: Ronald Hartman... and Helen Forrest". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 19 December 1965.
  7. ^ a b "Issue #40 - hardgainer: Product Description". Hardgainer. Retrieved 6 June 2013.

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