John Randolph

John Randolph

Performer

John Randolph, an accomplished character actor whose career include Broadway collaborations with Orson Welles and the Lunts, as well as a Tony Award-winning performance in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, died Feb. 24, 2004, at his home in Hollywood, the New York Times reported. He was 88. Mr. Randolph appeared in dozens of Broadway plays and musicals, his career on the stage culminating in the final play in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach trilogy," Broadway Bound, in which he was honored for his portrayal of the cranky, opinionated grandfather Ben. As in many another Randolph performance, the character was far from shy, plain-spoken and wielded his gravelly Bronx accent for purposes both comical and menacing. Frank Rich, writing in the New York Times, said he played Ben with "a matchless mixture of buried affection and shrewd comic timing."

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  • Also known as: Emanuel Hirsch Cohen
  • Born: Jun 1, 1915 in New York, NY, USA
  • Death: Feb 24, 2004 in Hollywood, CA, USA

Roles (35)

Prelude to a Kiss Playbill - Opening Night, May 1990 Prelude to a Kiss (1990)
Opened May 1, 1990
  • as Old Man (Replacement)
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Production Placeholder Madam, Will You Walk (1953)
Opened Dec 1, 1953
  • as Officer Mallon (Original)
  • Jan 16, 1990 - Jan 21, 1990
Broadway Bound Playbill - Opening Night, Dec 1986 Broadway Bound (1986)
Opened Dec 4, 1986
  • as Ben (Original)
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The American Clock Playbill - Nov 1980 The American Clock (1980)
Opened Nov 20, 1980
  • as Moe Baum (Original)
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Our Town Playbill - Nov 1969 Our Town (1969)
Opened Nov 27, 1969
  • as Mr. Webb (Original)
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My Sweet Charlie Playbill - Dec 1966 My Sweet Charlie (1966)
Opened Dec 6, 1966
  • as Mr. Treadwell (Original)
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Conversation at Midnight Playbill - Nov 1964 Conversation at Midnight (1964)
Opened Nov 12, 1964
  • as Anselmo (Original)
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A Case of Libel Playbill - Oct 1963 A Case of Libel (1963)
Opened Oct 10, 1963
  • as Dennis Corcoran (Original)
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Mother Courage and Her Children Playbill - April 1963 Mother Courage and Her Children (1963)
Opened Mar 28, 1963
  • as Soldier (Original)
  • as Recruiting Officer (Original)
  • as Peasant (Original)
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The Sound of Music Playbill - Dec 1959 The Sound of Music (1959)
Opened Nov 16, 1959
  • as Franz (Original)
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Awards

Drama Desk Award
1987 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Broadway Bound Winner
Tony Award
1987 Featured Actor in a Play Broadway Bound Winner