Richard Warren Pugh, Longtime Member of Broadway's Phantom Cast, Dead at 55

Obituaries   Richard Warren Pugh, Longtime Member of Broadway's Phantom Cast, Dead at 55
Richard Warren Pugh, an original member of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, died in his sleep June 9, according to friends and colleagues.

The cause of death was complications from diabetes. He was 55.

At the time of his death, Mr. Pugh was still appearing on Broadway in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Harold Prince smash. He had been on a leave of absence, but was scheduled to return to the Majestic Theatre June 12, friends told

Mr. Pugh's roles in the musical since 1988 included the Auctioneer, understudy for Ubaldo Piangi, Joseph Buquet and Monsieur Firmin.

His Broadway credits included the 1983 revival of Zorba with Anthony Quinn; the 1981 musical Copperfield; playing Dick Van Dyke's sidekick, Marcellus, in the 1980 revival of The Music Man; and serving as an ensemble member in Prince's Sweeney Todd (he also understudied and played The Beadle).

A member of Actors' Equity Association since 1977, Mr. Pugh served as the Union's Second Vice President from 1991 to 2000. He also served as an Eastern Regional Principal Councillor and Eastern Regional Chorus Councillor. Mr. Pugh was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He sang chorus work for Walt Disney's animated picture, "Pocohontas."

Mr. Pugh is survived by his father Henry Pugh, his sister Jeanine M. Pollack and his nephew, Rhys Pollock.

A funeral Mass was held June 12 at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Lodi, New Jersey.

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