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Notable Theater Actor Deaths

  • Mary Rodgers, 83 (1931 - 2014)

    Mary Rodgers

    MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers who found her own fame as composer of the 1959 musical "Once Upon a Mattress" and as the author of the body-shifting book "Freaky Friday," has died. She was 83.Rodgers died Thursday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness, her son Alec Guettel said.Rodgers' hit "Once Upon a...

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  • Julius Rudel, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Julius Rudel

    MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Julius Rudel, who was the general director and principal conductor of the New York City Opera for 22 years until 1979 and led other operas around the world, died Thursday morning, his representative said. He was 93.Lisa Jaehnig said Rudel died of natural causes in his New York City home.Rudel was born in Austria, but moved to America as a...

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  • Jimmy C. Newman, 86 (1927 - 2014)

    Jimmy C. Newman

    The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy C. Newman, known for mixing Cajun and country music, has died.Opry publicist Jessie Schmidt confirmed Newman died in Nashville on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 86.Originally from Louisiana, Newman joined the Opry in 1956 and last performed there on June 6, with his band, Cajun Country.His hits include country...

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  • Nicholas Martin (2014)

    Nicholas Martin

    MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Martin, an actor-turned-director who ran two important Massachusetts theater companies and earned a Tony Award nomination for directing "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" on Broadway last year, has died. He was 75.Martin, who had been battling throat cancer, died Wednesday evening at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, said...

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  • 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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