Lee Richardson, a featured actor Tony Award nominee for 1971's Vivat! Vivat Regina!, died Oct. 2 in New York of a cardiac arrest, Variety reported. The stage, film and TV actor was 73 and was one of the founding members of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.
The Chicago native was a master of classical roles and British accents, and was often thought to be an English actor working in American regional theatres and on the New York stage.
Mr. Richardson attended the Goodman Theater School after serving in World War II. He appeared in television productions ("Playhouse 90," "Studio One") and acted with George C. Scott in The Merchant of Venice in 1962 in Central Park.
-- By Kenneth Jones