Starred (as "Walter Burns") in "The Front Page" on Broadway (1969). Comedy (revival). Written by Ben Hecht
and Charles MacArthur
. Directed by Harold J. Kennedy
(also in cast as "Bensinger" from the Tribune). Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 18 Oct 1969-28 Feb 1970 (158 performances + 6 previews). Cast: Val Avery
(as "Diamond Louis"),
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[on young actors] Each one assumes that his mere presence is God's gift to humanity and he finds out over the years that this isn't the case, but that the acquisition of the skills is equally important. You find out that the essence of it is simplification.
Initially planned on studying at the Pasadena Playhouse, but instead became a student of Max Reinhardt
in the late 1930s, where he met fellow student and future wife Jessica Cadwalader. Following their marriage, she gave up her acting aspirations and later became a children's fiction-book writer.
Often played stern authority figures, in sharp contrast to his real life persona.