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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

John Wood

Yes, I'm on a blog "sabbatical," but I simply must mark the passing of that great stage actor, John Wood, who served as veritable muse to Tom Stoppard and other 60s & 70s British stage artists. And was also the villain/hero of that 1983 flick War Games!

Brit-Crit extraordinaire Michael Billington has the lowdown...

He was always a joy to write about. Partly because, with his accosting profile and lean frame, he presented an ineradicable physical image. But even more because, when he wasn't creating new characters in Stoppard plays, he redefined every role he played. That, for me, is the ultimate test of a great actor: to make you see things in a new light.

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