IN MEMORIAM: Playbill.com Remembers Those We Lost in 2013

By Robert Simonson
30 Dec 2013

Julie Harris

Byron Nease, 59, who originated the role of Raoul in the Canadian production of The Phantom of the Opera, on Oct. 16.

Stanley Kauffmann, a thinking-man's drama and film critic who spent a half century mulling over the arts of stage and screen, their histories and practitioners, on Oct. 9 of pneumonia at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan.

Henry Guettel, 85, the father of composer Adam Guettel, for whom musical theatre was both work and home life, died of pneumonia Oct. 7 in Southampton, NY.



Paul Rogers, 96, the British actor who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the brutish father of a twisted family in the original Broadway production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, on Oct. 6 in London.

Ruth Maleczech, 74, who co-founded the influential and sui generis experimental theatre troupe Mabou Mines and helped shepherd it through four decades of productions, on Sept. 30 at her home.

June Reimer Springer, 85, an actress, singer and dancer who, as June Reimer, appeared in several shows in the 1940s and '50s, including the original production of Kiss Me, Kate, on Sept. 27 in Chico, CA.

Ralph Cook, 85, who, as founder of Theatre Genesis, was a significant figure in the formation of the Off-Off-Broadway scene in the 1960s, on Sept. 23 in Bay Minette, AL.

Jane Connell, 87, a career character stage actress who, despite her diminutive stature, commanded many a musical comedy stage — most notably, through her portrayal of the daffy Agnes Gooch in the original stage production of Jerry Herman's Mame — on Sept. 22. She was 87.

Marjorie Gunner, 91, who for 25 years led the Outer Critics Circle, a group of theatre reviewers based outside New York City who annually give out awards honoring theatre artists, on Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C., of natural causes.

Julie Harris, 87, a towering "anti-diva" figure of the American theatre in the decades following World War II, who created several iconic stage roles — collecting five Tony Awards along the way — on Aug. 24 in West Chatham, MA, of congestive heart failure.

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