Actor, Teacher Peter Thompson Dead at 65

News   Actor, Teacher Peter Thompson Dead at 65 Peter Thompson, a New York actor and acting teacher who also directed, died April 24 of complications from heart surgery, The New York Times reported.

Peter Thompson, a New York actor and acting teacher who also directed, died April 24 of complications from heart surgery, The New York Times reported.

Mr. Thompson was 65 and had built a resume that included performances with the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT, where he performed Cassio in Othello (a production that moved to Broadway) and Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well.

As a regional director, he staged Slow Dance On the Killing Ground and You Can't Take It With You in Atlanta. He staged Lanford Wilson's coming-of Age drama, Lemon Sky, at the Westside Theater in New York City.

Mr. Thompson taught acting at Michael Howard Studios and at Circle in the Square, in association with New York University.

An Oklahoma native, Mr. Thompson attended the University of Oklahoma before coming to Manhattan. He is survived by his partner, Robert Cosenza, and a brother, William, of Oklahoma City. -- By Kenneth Jones