Notable Theater Actor Deaths

  • 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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  • Henry Guettel (2013)

    Henry Guettel

    MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Henry Guettel, a film executive with both 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures as well as a former head of the Theatre Development Fund, died Monday of pneumonia in Southampton, according to his wife, Mary Rodgers Guettel. He was 85.Guettel had been a vice president at 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures before leading the Fund, the not-for...

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