The Playgoer: George Grizzard

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

George Grizzard

A fine career stage actor, George Grizzard died yesterday, at 79. A foremost interpreter of Albee, he co-starred in the original Virginia Woolf (above left, as the young football stud), the marvelous Delicate Balance revival of the 90s, and Seascape on Broadway just two years ago (above right).

Acting right up to the end, his last appearance was in Paul Rudnick's Regrets Only last year.

He made his Broadway debut in 1955 and hardly did any films in the ensuing 50 years.

I will always remember him from a night three years ago, Valentine's Day, dining alone in a Union Square restaurant before his call for Nicky Silver's Beautiful Child, a little Off Broadway production he was starring in at the Vineyard Theatre down the street. It took me a while to realize that the charming old gentleman offering unsolicited menu advice to me and my girlfriend was a stage legend.

Check out the obit and the slideshow. What a career.

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