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June 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Meet David Hartman: Acting Didn’t Work Out, But Med School Did

Dr. David Hartman ’82 has the kind of practice where he might be looking in your ears, or down your throat. But when the Times Reporter (Dover-New Philadelphia, OH) profiled Hartman, they took a probing look that uncovered a struggling actor who turned to medical school and eventually settled in Tuscarawas County for the quality of life, including his “hobby farm.”

Hartman, who earned a Chemistry from Ohio University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1982, runs an ear, nose and throat practice—Allergy and Sinus Center—in Galion, OH.

A few of his answers in the Times Reporter’s Personality Profile:

What’s the title of the last book you read? “How to Raise Chickens: Everything you need to know.”

People would be surprised to know … Before medical school, I had a struggling career as an actor in NYC and LA, making most of my acting income doing commercials and daytime TV, but I was once in the opening five minutes of a B-film titled “Showdown” (1993) in which I had a fake beer bottle (made of sugar, actually) smashed over my head, and then I was tossed over a couch by a very large, party-crashing thug — what a hoot.

Family  Yeah, I love my family more than anything: My wonderful wife, Melissa, daughter Lucy, son Jonas, living happily with … a pony, a goat, two dogs, two cats, three turtles, two hens … and a partridge in a pear tree.

Read the entire interview.

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