Gary Sandy was born in Dayton, Ohio and attended Wilmington College of Ohio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. His first professional role was a part created for him in the daytime drama As The World Turns. Over a seven year period, he continued playing villains in the afternoon on Another World, Somerset, and his favorite The Secret Storm.
He appeared in many off-Broadway productions, most notably, The Children's Mass, produced by Sal Mineo, and made his Broadway debut in Saturday, Sunday, Monday, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. He has starred in several interesting attempts to turn plays into musicals for Broadway: Sheba, the musical version of Come Back Little Sheba, Luv, from the play by the same name, and Windy City, the adaptation of The Front Page.
Feature films include: Hail to the Chief, Some of My Best Friends Are, Troll, and The Last of the Cowboys, playing opposite Henry Fonda. For television, Gary received critical acclaim for his role in Norman Lear's All That Glitters.
He has made countless TV guest appearances, most recently Murder She Wrote, F.B.I. The Untold Story, The Young Riders, L.A. Law and Diagnosis Murder. Television films are: Melvin Purvis: The Kansas City Massacre, Shell Game, For Lovers Only, and Nashville Grab. His most recognizable role was playing Andy Travis in the classic series WKRP in Cincinnati.
He has performed in over 70 theatrical productions, but is proudest of the Pirate King in the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance, the title role in Barnum, Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Billy in Billy Bishop Goes to War, Buck Holden in Niteclub Confidential, Charlie Baker in The Foreigner, Starbuck in The Rainmaker, Milo Tindle in Sleuth, Mortimer in the Broadway revival of Arsenic and Old Lace, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Albert Paterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Terence O'Keefe in the national tour of Breaking Legs, Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl, Will in The Will Rodgers Follies, Him in I Do I Do, Erie Smith in Eugene O'Neills' Hughie, Gene Glimmer in SideMan and the seven productions he has done as Harold Hill in The Music Man.
Look for Gary in the academy award nominated film The Insider.
Gary Sandy stared in a spectacular new multi-million dollar production of the Broadway musical-comedy smash The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The show launched a coast to coast tour February 13, 2001.