Parents are Melvin Randolph and Mary Wharton Coleman.
Attended the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1950s.
Was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute as a member of the Class of 1953... left after two years.
Entered VMI (the prestigious Virginia Military Institute) in 1949 but wound up studying law at the University of Texas and then theater in New York.
Served for two years in the United States Army's Special Services Division.
Diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) but took part in a clinical trial which remedied his sight from 20-400 to 20-40 in just a week (2000).
Is a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity from the Texas Beta Chapter at the University of Texas.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 112-113. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Father of Quincy Coleman (born 1972), Randy Coleman and Kelly Johns, with ex-wife Jean Hale, and of Meghan Coleman.
His daughter, Quincy, released her first CD on September 30, 2003 called "Also Known As Mary".
A very good tennis player, Dabney gave tennis lessons in the 1960s.
Auditioned for the role of Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island (1964), which went to Russell Johnson.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6141 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 6, 2014.
He starred in his own television series, Buffalo Bill, during 1983-84, in which he played an egotistical, chauvinistic talk show host.
He has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swiss-German ancestry.
He's from the same city as Ethan Hawke and Steve Austin.
Didn't have a successful TV series until he was 69.
Best known by the public for his starring role as Burton Fallin in The Guardian (2001).
Acting mentor and friend of Simon Baker.
Barry Kemp originally wrote the role of Coach Hayden Fox for Coleman on Coach (1989). Coleman, however became unavailable when Kemp pitched the show to distributor Universal and network ABC, and the role went to Craig T. Nelson instead.
The March 10, 1982, issue of Variety announced the film "The Glory Road", directed by Marjoe Gortner starring Gary Busey, Dabney Coleman, and Mary Crosby, started filming February 1, 1982, filming suspended February 8, 1982. The film went bankrupt and was never completed.