John MacDowell Dunaway Jr.: How Did Faye Dunaway’s Father Die?

John MacDowell Dunaway Jr.

John MacDowell Dunaway Jr is the late father of award-winning actress Dorothy Faye Dunaway. John’s daughter Faye Dunaway is regarded as one of the greatest actresses of her generation. She was one of the leading actresses during the golden age of New Hollywood. She began her acting career on Broadway and has appeared in several plays throughout her career.

John MacDowell Dunaway Jr.: Bio Summary

NameJohn MacDowell Dunaway Jr.
Famous asfather of Faye Dunaway
Date of birth 9 August 1920
Place of birth Greenwood, Jackson County, Florida, USA
Died 6 June 1984 (aged 63)
Nationality American
Parents John McDowell Dunaway and Ruby Lee Rogers Dunaway
Spouse Grace April Smith
Children Faye Dunaway and Mac Dunaway

Who Was The Father Of Faye Dunaway?

John MacDowell Dunaway Jr is actress Faye Dunaway’s father. John Jr was born on 9 August 1920, in Greenwood, Jackson, Florida, United States. He was the son of John McDowell Dunaway and Ruby Lee (Rogers) Dunaway. His parents got married in the year 1919, according to Findagrave. He wasn’t the only child of his parents.

John Jr was the brother of Leon Rogers Dunaway, Mary Frances Dunaway Bevis, Charlie Burton Dunaway, Rosa Lee Dunaway Mercer, and Fletcher Ryals Dunaway. He worked as a career non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. He was a veteran of World War II and Korea. He was a Methodist. John was married to Grace April (née Smith). How he and Grace met is unknown.

However, John MacDowell Dunaway Jr and Grace April Smith got married on 11 August 1939, in a beautiful wedding ceremony that took place in Jackson, Florida, United States. John’s wife Grace was a housewife. There is no information regarding John’s past relationships or marriages. It is unknown if his marriage to Grace was his first or not.

John and Grace became parents of Dorothy Faye Dunaway and Mac Simmion Dunaway. Both of their children are now adults and doing well for themselves in their careers. Their daughter Faye became an actress while their son Mac became a lawyer. For unknown reasons, John and Grace decided to end their marriage.

They got divorced in the year 1954. John married Catherine Dunaway. He was also the father of John Dunaway, Jeffrey Dunaway, and Bernadette Stewart. He had two stepsons, Joseph Staigerwald and Charles Staigerwald, and one stepdaughter, Kathleen Yenger. John is said to have lived in Jackson, Florida, United States for about 15 years.

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John MacDowell Dunaway Jr registered for military service in 1945, as cited by a source. He lived his life away from the spotlight. He was famous because of his daughter Faye Dunaway.

John MacDowell Dunaway Jr’s Daughter Faye Dunaway

John MacDowell Dunaway Jr’s daughter Faye Dunaway is an actress, producer, and director. She has appeared in films, television, plays, and music videos as well. Her early film roles include Lou McDowell in “Hurry Sundown”, Sandy in “The Happening”, Bonnie Parker in “Bonnie and Clyde”, Vicki Anderson in “The Thomas Crown Affair”, and Julia in “A Place for Lovers”.

Faye has also played Gwen in “The Arrangement”, and Mrs. Pendrake in “Little Big Man”. She is known for her work in other films including “Oklahoma Crude”, “The Three Musketeers”, “The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge”, “Chinatown”, “The Towering Inferno”, “Three Days of the Condor”, “Network”, “Voyage of the Damned”, and “Eyes of Laura Mars”.

Faye Dunaway has appeared in “The Wicked Lady”, “Supergirl”, “Barfly”, “Burning Secret”, “Arizona Dream”, “The Twilight of the Golds”, and”The Rules of Attraction”. She appeared in television series including Great Performances, Ellis Island, It Had to Be You, Touched by an Angel, Alias, and Grey’s Anatomy. She appeared in the Music Video of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide Open.

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Faye served as an executive producer for the TV Movie, Cold Sassy Tree. She was a co-executive producer for the TV Movie, Silhouette. She produced and directed The Yellow Bird. She also worked as an associate producer for The Case for Christ. For her work, she has won many accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and a BAFTA Award.

How Did Faye Dunaway’s Father Die?

Faye Dunaway’s father, John MacDowell Dunaway Jr, a United States Army retiree, died of a heart attack at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, on 6 June 1984. He was 63 years old at the time he passed away. He was buried at Mansion Memorial Park, in Ellenton, Manatee County, Florida, USA.

Ruth Kai Botchway

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