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Richard Horner, 82; Producer Won Tonys, Co-Owned Theaters

January 03, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Richard Horner, 82, a Tony Award-winning Broadway and off-Broadway producer, died at his Palm Springs home Saturday.

Horner produced dozens of notable shows by himself and with his partner, Lester Osterman, during the 1960s and '70s. The productions included "Butley," Albert Innaurato's "Passione" and the 1974 revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten," which won three Tonys. Horner also often co-produced with his wife, the former actress Lynne Stuart.

He and Osterman owned theaters as well, including the Helen Hayes, the Morosco, which closed in 1981, and the 46th Street Theater, which is now the Richard Rodgers -- all three in Manhattan.

Horner was also a general manager for "Da" and for the 1969 original production of "1776."

In the 1980s, he was the executive director of the American Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Conn. He also staged productions at Jones Beach Marine Theater.

Horner was a native of Portland, Ore., and a graduate of the University of Washington who served in the Navy during World War II.

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