Bernard Punsly

Bernard Punsly, the last surviving member of the quintet of young Broadway and Hollywood actors known as "The Dead End Kids," died in Torrence, California, on Jan. 20, 2004, the New York Times reported. He was 80. Mr. Punsley found his most lasting public identity at the age of 12, when he was cast as Milton, one of the gang of streetwise slum kids at the center of Sidney Kingsley's 1935 social drama Dead End. (Some accounts have credited this play as his entrance into show business, but Mr. Punsly made his Broadway debut in 1931's I Love an Actress.) The play looked at the seething societal microcosm of one dirty Manhattan cul-de-sac, where tenament dwellers live side by side with the well-heeled residents of a newly erected high rise.

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  • Born: Jul 11, 1922 in New York, NY, USA
  • Death: Jan 20, 2004 in Torrance, CA, USA