Notable Passings

In 1996 the performing arts community bade farewell to its own, from Jonathan Larson, 35, to George Burns, 100. We will also miss:

JANUARY:

Paul Lipson, "Tevye" Veteran, 82 (Jan. 3)

Raoul Gonzalez, performer, ad executive, 67 (Jan. 4)

Lincoln Kirstein, NYCB Co-founder, 88 (Jan. 5)

Richard Versalle, tenor, 63 (Jan. 5)

Kirby Lewellen, director/choreographer/performer, 49 (Jan. 20)

Rita Lynn, actress, activist, 74 (Jan. 21)

Ken Valentino, actor, 44 (Jan. 23)

Jonathan Larson, composer, 35 (Jan. 25)

FEBRUARY:

Gene Kelly, actor, choreographer, 83 (Feb. 2)

Anne Walker, AFM assistant, 72 (Feb. 2)

Audrey Meadows, actress, 71 (Feb. 3)

Violet C. Lane, actress, 83 (Feb. 4)

E. Claude Richards, playwright, actor, 72 (Feb. 4)

Deborah Henry, actress, dancer, 44 (Feb. 6)

Jon Sepler, ICM-L.A. agent, 30 (Feb. 13)

Morton Gould, composer, ASCAP Prez., 82 (Feb. 21)

Kenneth M. Yount, costume designer, 46 (Feb. 24)

Dr. Haing S. Ngor, Academy Award winner, 55 (Feb. 25)

McClean Stevenson, actor, 66 (Feb. 26)

Albert Harris, director, 51 (Feb. 29)

Lyle Talbot, actor, 94 (late-Feb.)

Martin Balsam, actor, 76

MARCH:

Tom McDermott, actor, 83 (March 6)

George Burns, entertainer, 100 (March 9)

Whit Bissell, actor, 86 (March 12)

APRIL:

Jose Gonzales, dancer, 41 (April 1)

Ilka Payan, actress, 53 (April 6)

Greer Garson, actress, 92 (April 6)

Ben Johnson, actor, 75 (April 8)

Kevin Boyd Grubb, writer, 35 (April 10)

Martin Kaufman, theatre owner, 35 (April 11)

Alan Barwiolek, actor, 43 (April 17)

Renato Cibelli, actor (April 18)

Richard Morris, writer, 72 (April 27)

Adam Roarke, actor, teacher, 58 (April 27)

MAY:

Luana Patten, actor, 57 (May 1)

Jack Weston, actor, 71, (May 3)

David Sorin Collyer, singer, actor, vocal coach, 91 (May 9)

Michael Horne, artistic director, 41 (May 12)

Trinity Thompson, actress, 68 (May 20)

Norman RenÆ’, director, 45 (May 24)

Martin Schaeffer, cabaret and theatre writer, 50 (May 29)

JUNE:

Robert Nachtmann, casting director, actor, 79 (June 5)

Alexander Racolin, producer, 88 (June 6)

Jo Van Fleet, actress, 76 (June 10)

Lonne Elder, playwright, 69 (June 11)

Ulysses Dove, choreographer, 49 (June 11)

Brigette Helm, actress, 88 (June 11)

Michael Smith, set designer, 39 (June 11)

Peggy Clark, lighting designer, 80 (June 19)

Kathleen Haberthur-Williams, press agent, 41 (June 19)

Howard Crabtree, musical creator, costume designer, performer, 41 (June 28)

JULY:

Steve Tesich, playwright, 53 (July 1)

Charles DeForest, songwriter, 72 (July 5)

Paul Lammers, director, 74 (July 16)

Chris Komar, dancer, assistant artistic director (July 17)

Richard Kneeland, actor, 68 (July 19)

Claudia Cassidy, critic, 96 (July 21)

Herb Edelman actor, 62 (July 21)

Claudette Colbert, actress, 92 (July 30)

AUGUST:

Anthony Mannino, actor, teacher, 75 (Aug. 2)

Whit Vernon, actor, 76 (Aug. 4)

Walther Volbach, theatre director, 98 (Aug. 5)

Frank Marcus, playwright, 68 (Aug. 5)

Seymour Osborne, voice teacher, 93 (Aug. 13)

Joe Seneca, actor, 82 (Aug. 15)

Bernard B. Jacobs, Shubert president, 80 (Aug. 27)

SEPTEMBER:

Alvaleta Guess, actress, 36 (Sept. 2)

Rose Williams, playwright's sister, 86 (Sept. 5)

Leonard Katzman, producer, 69 (Sept. 5)

Joanne Dru, actress, 74 (Sept. 10)

Brenda Forbes, actress, 87 (Sept. 11)

Fred Gorman, agent, 44 (Sept. 12)

Jane Baxter, actress, 87 (Sept. 13)

Juliet Prowse, dancer, 59 (Sept. 14)

Bibi Besch, actress, 54 (Sept. 14)

Joan Perry, actress, 85 (Sept. 15)

Vivian Sarah Robinson, AUDELCO founder, 71 (Sept. 16)

Annabella, actress, 86 (Sept. 18)

Paul Draper, dancer, 86 (Sept. 20)

Dorothy Lamour, actress, 81 (Sept. 22)

Randall Short, critic, 41 (Sept. 25)

Gene Nelson, dancer, 76

OCTOBER:

Marc Alan Zagoren, writer, 56 (Oct. 7)

William Prince, actor, 83 (Oct. 8)

Walter Kerr, critic, 83 (Oct. 9)

Robert Bendorff, composer, 44 (Oct. 10)

Robert Guralnik, pianist, actor, 62 (Oct. 20)

Leonard Fink, publicist, 41 (Oct. 20)

Jack Tinker, critic, 58 (Oct. 27)

Mary Rolfe, actress, 79 (Oct. 28)

Louis M. Simon, theatre executive, 90 (Oct. 28)

Arthur Peterson, actor, 83 (Oct. 31)

NOVEMBER:

Richard Nelson, lighting designer, 58 (Nov. 6)

Barry Douglas, DGRW agent, 47 (Nov. 12)

Peter Leeds, actor, 79 (Nov. 12)

Virginia Cherrill Martini, silent film star, 88 (Nov. 14)

Jack Popplewell, playwright, 87 (Nov. 16)

Adeline Mart Nall, drama teacher, 90 (Nov. 19)

Virginia Downing, actress, 92 (Nov. 21)

Maria Casares, French actress, 74 (Nov. 22)

Mark Lenard, actor, 68 (Nov. 22)

DECEMBER:

Howard Rollins, actor, 46 (Dec. 8)

Robert Holloway, dancer, 62