His death was announced by his wife, Carol Ochs, to The New York Times. A cause has not been determined.
MacVittie, a co-founder of the celebrated Off Broadway company Naked Angels, made his Broadway debut in 1983 under trying circumstances: He replaced actor James Hayden in the role of Bobby less than a month into the play’s run, when the up-and-coming Hayden died of a drug overdose. MacVittie would continue in the role on Broadway, in a touring production and on London’s West End.
Acclaimed for his performance in the play (a role Darren Criss