Tom Hatcher, Actor and Companion of Arthur Laurents, Dies

Tom Hatcher, a onetime actor and longtime companion of the author, playwright, and director Arthur Laurents, died on Oct. 26, due to complications from lung cancer. Hatcher was 77.

Hatcher was born in Oklahoma and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. He worked for a contractor renovating houses and took some acting classes, landing a few small parts in television. He ended up managing a men's clothing store in Beverly Hills, and soon met Laurents.

They moved to New York to live, beginning an openly romantic relationship during a time when the practice was far from common, or safe. Hatcher also returned to acting, getting some television work and Broadway roles in "A Clearing in the Woods" with Kim Stanley and "An Invitation to a March" with Jane Fonda, with whom he also did a summer stock play, "No Concern of Mine."

Hatcher soon lost his taste for acting and began a successful career as a real estate developer, buying and renovating old houses in Manhattan and then Quogue, on the East End of Long Island. It was there in 2005 that he and Laurents celebrated their 50th anniversary together.

In addition to Laurents, Hatcher is survived by his brother, David.