IN MEMORIAM: Playbill Remembers Those We Lost in 2012

By Robert Simonson
27 Dec 2012

Theodore Mann

Theodore Mann, 87, who, as the co-founder of Circle in the Square Theatre, was one of the foremost figures in the birth of the Off-Broadway theatre movement, on Feb. 24.

Dick Anthony Williams, 77, a stage and film actor who was twice nominated for a Tony Award, on Feb. 16 in Los Angeles.

Dory Previn Shannon, 66, a lyricist, composer and singer who wrote songs for film soundtracks in the 1960s, often in collaboration with her then husband, Andre Previn, and later became a noted recording artist, on Feb. 14 at her home in Massachusetts.

Daniel C. Gerould, 83, a professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY's graduate Center who held the Lucille Lortel Chair in Theatre, on Feb. 13.

Phil Bruns, 80, a supporting player in theatre, television and film, perhaps best known for his role on the 1970s cult series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.

Istvan Csurka, 77, a Hungarian playwright whose achievements on the stage were overshadowed and undermined by his vocal advocacy of nationalistic and bigoted politics, on Feb. 4 in Budapest.

Ben Gazzara, 81, an intense actor of stage and film who created the role of Brick in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, on Feb. 3 in New York. 

Jean Banks, 77, the senior director of jazz and musical theatre at BMI and an unseen but influential figure in the theatre world, on Feb. 2 in her Lower East Side home.

Ian Abercrombie, 77, a British actor of stage, film and television, on Jan. 26 in Hollywood, CA.

Patricia Neway, 92, who won the Tony Award for her role as the Mother Abbess in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music, on Jan. 24 in Vermont on Jan. 24.

James Farentino, 73, a stage and film actor with a tough, masculine image, and a frequently tumultuous offstage life, on Jan. 24 in Los Angeles.

Nicol Williamson, 73, a British stage and film actor of great range, talent and fire who was as well known for his brash antics offstage as he was for his work as a performer, and whose death was not announced for more than a month after it had happened, on Dec. 16, 2011, in Amsterdam.

Earle Gister, 77, who, as associate dean, chair of the Acting Department, and the first Lloyd Richards Professor of Acting during his two-decade tenure at the Yale School of Drama, was a highly influential figure in the acting world, on Jan. 22 in New Haven.