IN MEMORIAM: Playbill Remembers Those We Lost in 2012

By Robert Simonson
27 Dec 2012

Andy Griffith

Martin Pakledinaz, 58, who for two decades was among the most sought-after costume designers on Broadway, the morning of July 8.

Andy Griffith, 86, the stage and screen actor who carved out a particularly American television persona as the beloved star of the series "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock," as well as the stage hit No Time For Sergeants, on July 3 at his home in Dare County, NC.

Jack Richardson, 77 who had a sudden, but fleeting, impact on the New York theatre scene with two notable Off-Broadway plays in the early '60s, on July 1 in Manhattan.

Don Grady, 68, who was best known for playing one of Fred MacMurray's sons on the long-running television sitcom "My Three Sons," on June 27 in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Nora Ephron, 71, the Academy Award-nominated writer and director of "Heartburn," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," who brought her wit and intelligence to projects in a variety of writing fields, including a handful of plays (her Lucky Guy will premiere on Broadway this spring), on June 26 in Manhattan.

James Grout, 84, a British stage, television and radio performer who won a Tony Award nomination for his sole Broadway appearance, playing a histrionic playwright in the 1965 Tommy Steele musical Half a Sixpence, on June 24 in Purton, England.

Richard Adler, 90, who with partner Jerry Ross wrote the classic and tuneful workplace musicals Damn Yankees and The Pajama Game, on June 21 at his Southhampton home.

Victor Spinetti, 82, whose fame as a successful British stage actor was trumped by the distinction of having appeared in three of the five films The Beatles made, on July 18 in Monmouth, Wales.

Susan Tyrrell, 67, an actress whose willfully erratic career included an Oscar-nominated turn in the 1972 John Huston film "Fat City," on June 16 in Austin, TX.

Jeremy Nussbaum, 70, an entertainment lawyer who represented theatre artists such as Tom Meehan and John Weidman, on June 12.

Stephen Brockway, 39, a stage actor who appeared in national tours of Broadway shows, on June 11 in Amagansett, NY.

Steve Ben Israel, 74, a regular participant in the unconventional productions of The Living Theatre who continued to exercise the troupe's artistic ethos even as the bohemian 1950s and '60s atmosphere that fostered and supported it fell away, on June 4 in Manhattan.

Edgar Freitag, 80, a Broadway producer recently represented by the New York productions of Memphis, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work If You Can Get It and End of the Rainbow, on May 30 in New York City.

William Hanley, 80, who after a brief heyday as a playwright in the 1960s became a successful writer of television movies and mini-series, on May 25 after suffering a fall in his home in Ridgefield, CT.