An actor is more than a pretty face, especially this one, as there is much more to David McDivitt than meets the eye.
While his skills in front of the camera are impressive as he plays William H. Mahler, the handsome Fiancé to Kate Kensington, in the feature film The Legend Of Kate Kensington, arriving in the fall of 2020.
You would think that meeting an accomplished actor such as Mr. McDivitt would make a person feel nervous, star struck, but it is the exact opposite.
David is a fun, carefree man with a sharp sense of humor who fits into any group and makes everyone feel comfortable.
He states, “I am a subcontractor, doing a job.” But this one, to him was special and it showed on set.
Not only did he own the role of, William H. Mahler, he also assisted on set during the filming of some scenes at the Herlong Mansion (Kensington Estate) in Micanopy, Florida.
At times, he doubled as a set hand, holding the grip for actress, Alison Trado, (Michelle Parsik) where the comedic side of him came through with a “photo bomb.”
David states, “Everyday I am acting is a fun day. If you’re not having fun with it, why do it at all?”
Twenty Plus Year Acting Career
David McDivitt was born on December 27, 1968 in Santa, Rosa, California.
David is no stranger to acting, having played many roles in his twenty plus year acting career.
He is known as, “the cop with the mole”, in the feature film, “Pineapple Express”.
David has also appeared in, “Sex in the city”, “24”, “MADtv”, “Numbers” and many others.
Not only does he act, he does stunts which can be seen in, “Melrose Place”, the pilot episode.
Mr. McDivitt has also served his country by joining the military. He started in the Army served his term there and decide to join the Marine corp.
David concludes, “that knowledge came in handy for the film industry because no one wants to hand a blank firing weapon to someone who has never even handled a weapon before.”
David was part of the honor guard for the Beirut Memorial and retired from the military in 1992.
Behind The Camera
The Legend Of Kate Kensington
David Transformed Into His Character
Brad Castillo, writer/Director of, “The Legend Of Kate Kensington”, says, “Working with David has been an amazing experience. The role of, William H. Mahler, was one of the hardest roles for us to cast in the film. The chemistry between William and Kate had to have the right feel to it in order for it to be believable on screen. David fit perfectly into this role! When he walked out on set with his Military Uniform on, he transformed into his character.”
The Chemistry between William and Kate
Watching as the crew prepared the for the scene, David and Melony Daemer, who plays Kate Kensington, are heard off to the side going over their lines together. They were getting ready to shoot one of most emotional scenes in the film and they were preparing each other for the raw emotion that was needed to bring across the great love the characters. It worked beautifully, as the scene was shot it moved the on looking cast and crew to tears.
David was flown into Orlando, Florida for his part in, “The Legend Of Kate Kensington”, where his first scenes were filmed at Hills of Rest cemetery in Floral City. Which he states is the most exotic location he has shot in as it isn’t a sound stage, with padded walls and dust build up. He states he likes the warm weather but having lived in L.A., he is accustomed to it. David says, “I was a stay at home dad, and now that my son is in school, my job is now studying. I now have the time to get back into the work I was originally doing before I even went into acting.”
More than just acting
David not only is an amazing actor, but he is also a silent genius. He will tell you he is a “book worm” and “studies all the time”, subjects such as quantum physics, string theory, and electromagnetic engineering.
Presently he is studying for his certification to become a Red Hat Certified Engineer and senior administrator for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux system.
David has been working with computers since 1986.
David says he plans to get this certification and continue until he reaches his Cloud Engineering Certification.
He readily shares his drawings and information for the Electric Bell Generator,
something that anyone can build to produce their own electricity.
In listening to the conversation between David and another guest during the shooting at the, Herlong Mansion, I was lost but quite impressed with his knowledge of, Nikola Tesla.
Being a college educated individual, even I had a hard time keeping up with the conversation.
David states he “loves to read and learn.” He believes anyone who has the desire can become an expert at any subject if they study it hard enough.
And that is what David does, he learns, constantly, reading up on and studying subjects that he is passionate about.
David McDivitt rehearsing lines with fellow cast members, Melony Daemer (Kate Kensington) and Edward Harrison. (Dr. Robert Kensington)
David's attraction to the role
David states he would like to play something like, “Robert Redford”, but his skill set sets him up for, FBI, cop or military roles due to his prior training.
He states that this desire to play a “different role” was his attraction that drew him to, “The Legend Of Kate Kensington”, “it gets me away from always breaking down a door, or saving a life.”
David says about his role as, William H. Mahler, “The only thing I could ever ask from anyone that is acting is to be honest for the character, don’t try to play the role, be the role, that’s the key.”
He continues, “I will become the character that is requested of me, I will react off the expressions and emotions of the individual that I am getting them from.
While David does consider this project “special” and one that will remain close to his heart, he is actively looking for film projects and roles.
David became William H. Mahler and made everyone who was on set believe this to be true, the characteristics of a great actor.
Citrus County Life Magazine