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Notable Theater Actor Deaths

  • Phillip Hayes Dean (2014)

    Phillip Hayes Dean

    MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Phillip Hayes Dean, a playwright, director and theater actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. He was 83.His plays include "The Last American Dixieland Band," ''Moloch Blues," ''Freeman," ''The Owl Killer and...

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  • Phyllis Frelich, 70 (1944 - 2014)

    Phyllis Frelich

    TERRY TANG, The Associated PressPhyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.Frelich, died Thursday at their home in Temple City, Calif., her husband, Robert Steinberg, said. She suffered from a rare degenerative neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy, or PSP, for which there are no...

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  • Mitch Leigh (2014)

    Mitch Leigh

    MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Leigh, a successful advertising jingle writer with an exuberantly entrepreneurial side whose debut attempt at writing music for a Broadway show became the instant, celebrated hit "Man of La Mancha" and earned him a Tony Award, has died. He was 86. Leigh died Sunday in New York of pneumonia and complications from a stroke. A memorial...

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  • Gerard Mortier, 70 (1943 - 2014)

    Gerard Mortier

    The Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) — Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has died. He was 70.Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo made the announcement Sunday, and the country's media said Mortier died the day before at his home in Brussels after a protracted battle with pancreatic...

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  • Carmen Zapata, 86 (1927 - 2014)

    Carmen Zapata

    SUE MANNING, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy-nominated actress Carmen Zapata, who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, has died of heart problems, colleagues say. She was 86.Zapata died Sunday at her Van Nuys-area home, said Luis Vela, marketing manager for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles.Zapata started her career in 1945...

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