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Brooks Atkinson (1894–1984)

Brooks Atkinson was born on November 28, 1894 in Melrose, Massachusetts, USA. He was married to Oriana MacIlveen. He died on January 14, 1984 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. See full bio »

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 1960 The Iceman Cometh (TV Movie)
Himself - Host
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Himself, Critic (uncredited)
 1949 On Stage! (Documentary short)

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He came out of retirement in 1965 to write his critical opinion--a favorable one--of the musical "Man of La Mancha". The review was published complete on the opening page of the original New York souvenir program of the show, as well as those of the first and second national touring companies. See more »

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In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them. See more »


Probably the most influential drama critic in the U.S., he worked for the New York Times from 1925 until 1942, when he requested and received assignment as a war correspondent. Resumed his position as drama critic in 1946 and remained in that job until 1960, when he became a critic at large. He was critic at large until his retirement in 1965. See more »

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