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Wayne Tippit
Wayne Tippit Murder She Wrote.jpg

Wayne Tippit on an episode of CBS-TV's "Murder, She Wrote". He guest stars as Henry MacKenzie, father of leapee Charlie MacKenzie, in the Season 2 "QL" episode "The Americanization of Machiko" (episode #3).

Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1932-12-19)December 19, 1932
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Died August 28, 2009(2009-08-28) (aged 76)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Years active: 1959-2009, his death
Character information
Appeared on: Quantum Leap (TV series)
Character played: Henry MacKenzie in "The Americanization of Machiko" (Season 1)

Wayne Tippit (December 12, 1932 – August 28, 2009) played the role of Henry MacKenzie in the Quantum Leap episode "The Americanization of Machiko" in Season1 (episode #3).

A talented character actor,[1] Wayne was best known to television audiences for playing Ted Adamson on the 1970s and 1980s CBS-TV daytime soap opera series, Search for Tomorrow, for five years.[1] He later portrayed Palmer Woodward, the father of Heather Locklear's character, Amanda Woodward, on the Fox primetime soap opera, Melrose Place, during the 1990s.[1]

In 1981 Wayne also appeared in the movie "Taps", as U.S. Army Master Sergeant Kevin Moreland the father of actor Timothy Hutton's character Cadet Major Brian Moreland. Tippit and his family were longtime residents of Ridgewood, New Jersey,[2] but moved to Los Angeles in 1990[2] to pursue television roles after he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He appeared on a number of television series, mostly in guest appearances as characters on Diagnosis: Murder, L.A. Law, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, The X-Files, Matlock and Tales from the Darkside.[1] During the 1990s, Tippit appeared on the FOX-TV network's Melrose Place, playing Palmer Woodward, father of Heather Locklear's character, Amanda Woodward.[1] He portrayed the FBI agent, Frank, in 1991's JFK.[3][4]


Tippit received a single lung transplant in 2000 as treatment for severe emphysema.[1] He died of respiratory failure after a long illness with multiple complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on August 28, 2009, at the age of 76.[1] He was survived by his wife, Carole Macho Tippit, daughters, Sarah Tippit and Kate Tippit Avron, and four grandchildren.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Passings: Wayne Tippit, Character actor on stage and TV", Los Angeles Times (latimes.com), 2009-09-04. Retrieved on 2009-09-04. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Passings: Wayne Tippit obituary", The Record (Bergen County) NJ, NorthJersey.com, 2009-09-02. Retrieved on 2009-09-04. 
  3. Wikipedia:JFK (movie)
  4. IMDb logo.png Wayne Tippit at the Internet Movie Database

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