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Actor and director of Historic Berry.
Dan Biggers, a respected actor and longtime director of the Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum, died at his home in Rome. He was 80.
Biggers, known for his role as Dr. Frank Robb in “In the Heat of the Night” television series, had been in poor health for a number of years.
He was born in Newton County and was employed at the University of Georgia before moving to Berry College. During his tenure under Dean William Tate in Athens, one of Biggers’ assignments was to escort the University of Georgia’s first black student, Charlayne Hunter (now Hunter-Gault) from her residence hall to classes.
Biggers was active with the Rome Little Theatre, winning numerous best actor awards given by the local theater troupe.
That led to a successful career on both the silver and small screen.
His television credits go all the way back to “Maid in America” in 1982. On the silver screen, Biggers’ career took off after a role in “The Slugger’s Wife” in 1985 and ended with “Elizabethtown” opposite Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom in 2005.
He was featured in a recurring role in “In the Heat of the Night” for some eight years.
Throughout the years, Biggers appeared in almost three dozen television and movie films along with numerous commercials and industrial films.
He was presented a lifetime achievement award at the Rome International Film Festival and also received a lifetime achievement award from the Georgia Screen Actors Guild.
Biggers moved to Rome in 1963 where he became headmaster of Thornwood (Darlington Lower School). He joined the Berry staff in 1966 and became dean of students in 1971.
In 1976, Biggers became director of Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum where he worked until retirement in 1996.
Biggers was instrumental in the development of the Northwest Georgia Travel Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau for 13 years and was one of the founders of the Heritage Holidays held each October in Rome.
Biggers was a recipient of the Phoenix Award given by the Society of American Travel Writers for leadership in the field of conservation and preservation in 1983.
Biggers is survived by his wife of 56 years, Edna Baird Biggers, three sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will take place Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Miller and Richards Funeral Home Oaknoll Chapel.
Last written entries
05.12.2012 23:50 Barbara and Carlton Watkins
While at Berry, my parents asked Mr. Biggers to bring me and my sister Mary to Atlanta for a ceremony at which my parents were presented with a medal from the government of Viet Nam after their son and our brother had died there. He did this, but after he took my sister and I to The Varsity. He said "you can't go to Atlanta and not go to The Varsity. Mr. Biggers had a way of helping the sun to shine evn in realy dark times. He will always be loved by us. Our thoughts are with his family.
05.01.2012 23:10 Barbara Walker
I met Dan when attending an In The Heat of the Night convention in Covington, GA a number of years ago. He was so warm & generous with his time. I attended several convention afterward and always looked forward to talking with him. My fondest menory is that of talking with him about Cedar Key FL. I briefly lived there and the look on his face was priceless when he found out that, not only did I know the island, I actually lived there briefly. Every year afterward he would ask me if I had been back. I count myself as very blessed to have known such a fantastic gentleman.