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

By Robert Simonson
30 Dec 2013

Jean Stapleton

Gary Gardner, 69, a longtime theatre professor at UCLA, died of natural causes in his home on June 15.

Richard Allen, 76, a stage and television actor who also worked under the name Shango Amin, on June 12.

Anne Einhorn, 89, who over many years worked in several capacities at the Off-Broadway nonprofit theatre company Primary Stages, on July 11.



Donald Bevan, 93, who created caricatures of theatre greats for the walls of Sardi's Restaurant, on May 29 at his home in Studio City, CA.

Bernard Sahlins, 90, who, as the co-founder of Second City, the legendary improvisational comedy theatre group, had an incalculable affect on generations of American comedy, on June 16 in his home.

Jean Stapleton, 90, a seasoned stage and film actress who found lasting fame as the dimwitted and big-hearted wife of Archie Bunker on the 1970s social sitcom "All in the Family," on May 31 at her home in New York City.

Helen Hanft, 79, a brassy performer who established herself as a regular presence on the small stages of the Off-Off-Broadway movement of the 1960s and '70s to such an extent that New York Times drama critic Mel Gussow called her the "Ethel Mermen of the Underground," from intestinal complications on May 30 at Roosevelt Hospital.

Leslie B. Cutler, 93, who directed of hundreds of productions over a 50-year period at the Kenley Players in Ohio and other stock venues, of congestive heart failure at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan on May 18.

Ruth Kraft, 86, a theatre journalist and publisher who worked at Playbill magazine and was co-founder of Performing Arts magazine in Los Angeles, CA, in her sleep on May 9.

Robert Sickinger, 86, a director who played an significant role in shaping Chicago's modern theatre scene, on May 9 in Delray Beach, FL.

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