Rod Colbin

Rod Colbin, who instructed actors from James Dean to Marlon Brando to Jimmy Durante how to handle a foil, died on Feb. 4, 2007, in Denver, CO, according to Variety. He was 83 and had suffered a series of strokes. A founding member of the Society of American Fight Directors, he taught many a movie and stage star how to conduct themselves in a duel. He himself displayed his skills in the stage shows Cyrano de Bergerac and his own show, Swordplay. He staged the duel seen in the 1969 Broadway production of John Osborne's A Patriot for Me.

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  • Death: Feb 4, 2007 in Denver, CO