Wayne Messmer, The Actor
Beyond singing and speaking, Wayne is an experienced performer who brings his skills as an actor and narrator to the stage and the studio at each occasion.
Wayne is a Professional Member of the Screen Actors Guild/ American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (SAG/AFTRA)
Audiences have seen and heard Wayne Messmer on stage in leading roles over the years that include Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, Emile deBeque in South Pacific, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Albert Peterson in Bye, Bye Birdie and numerous musical reviews and cabaret shows. His commanding stage voice and booming baritone have entertained countless audiences through the years.
Wayne is strongly connected with the character of Father (Saint) Damien, “the Leper Priest of Moloka’i,” whom he has identified as his personal hero. In the live, one-man play Damien by Aldyth Morris, Messmer channels the powerful stories of the challenges that Father Damien experienced while serving the community of the exiled lepers (Hansen’s Disease) on the remote Hawaiian Island of Molokai in the 1870’s and 1880’s until his own life was taken by the affliction on April 15, 1889.
Saint Damien was canonized in a ceremony at the Vatican on October 11, 2009.
Film credits include the feature role of the New York Yankees radio announcer in the Universal Pictures (1992) release, The Babe, directed by Oscar Award winner Arthur Hiller, starring John Goodman and Kelly McGillis.
Appearing in the Role of the NY Yankees’ Radio Announcer in the Universal Studios film “The Babe” Universal Studios, Inc.
As Father (Saint) Damien, “The Leper Priest of Molokai” in the ctitically acclaimed production of Damien: A One-Man Play by Aldyth Morris.