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,
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.
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