Actor and Songwriter G. (George) Wood is Dead at 80

News   Actor and Songwriter G. (George) Wood is Dead at 80 G. (George) Wood, an actor, composer, lyricist and cabaret artist who wrote specialty material for revues and acted in New York City and regional theatres, died July 24 of heart failure, according to Variety.

G. (George) Wood, an actor, composer, lyricist and cabaret artist who wrote specialty material for revues and acted in New York City and regional theatres, died July 24 of heart failure, according to Variety.

Mr. Wood was 80 and composed several musicals, including F. Jasmine Adams (a musical of The Member of the Wedding) and penned material for Hermione Gingold, Beatrice Lillie and Elizabeth Welch.

He contributed to the London revues, Slings and Arrows and Sweetest and Lowest, lyrics for New York's Shoestring '57, songs for Kaleidoscope (Provincetown Playhouse in 1957), material for Theatre de Lys' Put It in Writing, songs for Julius Monk's Baker's Dozen and more.

Mr. Wood was born in Forrest City, AR. After serving in the US Army during World War II (as a special services theatrical adviser), he played many roles in tryouts, stock, Off-Broadway, on Broadway and regionally, for ANTA in Manhattan, Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, National Shakespeare Festival in San Diego.

According to Variety, he appeared in Robert Altman's films "M*A*S*H" and "Brewster McCloud." He was the Bud Cort's psychiatrist in the movie, "Harold and Maude." -- By Kenneth Jones