Craig Timberlake, Actor and Teacher, Dead at 86

By Robert Simonson
17 Jan 2007

Craig Timberlake, who acted in dozens of plays and musicals throughout North America, died Dec. 31 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK, while visiting his sister, according to a death notice in the New York Times. He was 86 and lived in Ogunquit, ME.



Craig Timberlake was born in Oil City, PA, on Oct. 30, 1920 to James and Alberta Timberlake. He attended Southern Methodist University and Columbia University. One of his earliest roles was as Henry Higgins in a 1964 touring production of My Fair Lady. He also toured and starred on Broadway as Rowland in the 1950 Katharine Hepburn production of As You Like It. Other Broadway credits included the 1949 revivals of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore and The Mikado, in which Mr. Timberlake made use of his bass voice.

He worked as an educator at Teachers College in Manhattan, where he was chairman of the department of music and music education. He retired from the college in 1991. Afterwards, he was a producer and music consultant on 13 recordings of the touring choir from The Community of Jesus, Orleans, MA.

As a writer, he authored "The Bishop of Broadway: David Belasco, His Life and Work," published in 1954.

He is survived by his sister Dorothy Moncrief and her husband Jack, and five nieces and their families.