Iggie Wolfington

Iggie Wolfington, the portly character actor who snagged a 1958 Tony Award nomination for playing Prof. Harold Hill's pal, Marcellus Washburn, died of natural causes Sept. 30, 2004, in Southern California, according to published reports. He was 84. In Act II of the now-classic musical by Meredith Willson, Mr. Wolfington sang the spirited specialty song, "Shipoopi." In the 1980 Broadway revival of the musical comedy set in 1912, the actor would graduate to the role of Mayor Shinn, the malaprop-dropping leader of a small Iowa town. (David Burns won the Tony in 1958 in the mayor role, besting Mr. Wolfington, whose work singing "Shipoopi" on the original cast album.)

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  • Also known as: Ignatius Wolfington
  • Born: Nov 30, 1919 in Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Death: Sep 30, 2004 in California

Awards

Clarence Derwent Award
1952 Most Promising Male Performer Mrs. McThing Winner
Tony Award
1958 Featured Actor in a Musical The Music Man Nominee