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ACTOR DAN ROEBUCK LOOKS TO THE THREATENING SKIES OUTSIDE CENTRAL MORAVIAN CHURCH IN BETHLEHEM AS BRIDE, KELLY DURST, RECEIVES CONGRATULATIONS

The Morning Call Newspaper Company
by Paul Willistein, The Morning Call
Sunday, May 8, 1994
Scott's comments: John Lamana and I shared the "Best Man" position. My sons Andrew and Jerry were also part of the wedding party. To find out more about Dan's wedding click on "About" on the top menu bar.


"Is someone famous from `Matlock' getting married?"

That was the question on Main Street yesterday in downtown Bethlehem.

As thousands strolled outside at the annual Bethlehem Sidewalk Art Show, inside Central Moravian Church that "someone famous" -- Bethlehem native and star of "Matlock" Daniel Roebuck -- married his sweetheart, Kelly Durst of Bethlehem.

The lavish wedding, officiated by three ministers -- the Rev. Peter D. Skelly of Central Moravian, Monsignor Michael J. Chaback of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and the Rev. Michael Iski of St. Paul's UCC, Allentown -- was attended by hundreds of friends and family members.

During the wedding ceremony, Iski, a longtime Thespian at Bethlehem's Pennsylvania Playhouse, reminded the actor and his bride that they would write "the script for their life together."

Preceding the wedding ceremony was a performance by the Cental Moravian trombone choir. Tom Rosa sang "Ave Maria" and "Prayer of St. Francis."

Beneath a hail of birdseed and as videotape rolled and cameras clicked, bride and groom boarded the downtown "trolley" outside Central Moravian and later headed for Bushkill Park where, under a huge white tent, they were greeted by 300 people attending the reception.

The multi-spired tent, specially erected for the reception, looked like something out of the Arabian Nights. Inside the heated tent, the tables were decorated with floral centerpieces and the tent poles were festooned with garlands.

Before sitting down to a full-course dinner at the non-alcoholic reception, Roebuck, his wife and their wedding party took a spin on the Bushkill Park carousel.

At the reception following the congratulatory toasts, it was announced that Roebuck had signed on for another year on TV's "Matlock" series, which stars Andy Griffith.

As part of his wedding present to his bride, Roebuck arranged for a fireworks display at the reception.

2 PHOTOS by DON FISHER, The Morning Call