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George Murdock has stepped into the role of Willy Loman, replacing the ailing Philip Baker Hall in the Los Angeles Theatre Center's production of "Death of a Salesman." According to a spokeswoman for the theater, performances will go on without any disruption in the schedule. Hall suffered a detached retina of his left eye in a staged scuffle during a Nov. 22 performance of the Arthur Miller play.
April 15, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
Moves ** "The Dark Past." RCA/Columbia. $69.95. One year before he shot the original "D.O.A.," Rudolph Mate made his solo feature directorial debut with this movie--another film noir , remade from 1939's "Blind Alley." It's actually pretty silly: psychiatrist Lee J. Cobb, puffing thoughtfully on a pipe, lectures a skeptical cop on his meeting with killer William Holden, whom he successfully treated for an Oedipus complex while Holden and gang held him hostage.
June 21, 1991 | T.H. McCULLOH
The current fascination with film noir and hard-boiled detective fiction continues with Hollywood Actors Theatre's production of Stuart Gordon and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon's adaptation of Raymond Chandler's "The Little Sister." The bare-bones production, director Ernest Kearney's snail-like pacing and Dennis Garber's Philip Marlowe--who acts more like Willy Loman--do a disservice to Chandler and our memories of the crisp, jagged edge of the genre.
February 8, 2001
Arthur Friedman, 81, pioneering educator in television who also acted under the stage name of Arthur Bernard. With degrees in sociology from UCLA and in speech and drama from USC, Friedman taught in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television from 1948 until his retirement in 1990. He helped establish the school's television curriculum in 1951 and taught broadcasting, sportscasting and production techniques while also creating, writing and directing several TV, radio and theater productions.
November 30, 1989 | ALLAN PARACHINI
A detached retina suffered by the lead actor in the Los Angeles Theatre Center production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" put the play's run in possible jeopardy Wednesday as the performer, Philip Baker Hall, underwent surgery. Diane White, LATC's producing director, said the retinal detachment was discovered by Hall's physicians Tuesday night--an evening when the play, which opened last month and is scheduled to run until Dec. 10, was dark.
"Death of a Salesman," which is being revived at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, is a mid-century American classic that has helped define more than just the nation's theatrical heritage. Through the prism of its central figure, Willy Loman, whose embittered hopes come crashing down in tragedy, Arthur Miller's drama has helped shape our image of the national culture for nearly 50 years.
February 14, 2005
The passing Thursday of the playwright Arthur Miller brought a startling flashback to exactly 56 years ago -- Feb. 10, 1949. As a young actor, I'd been given a free ticket to the opening night of Miller's seminal play, "Death of a Salesman," at New York City's Morosco Theatre. For anyone, especially those raised during the Depression, the drama's tension -- fostered by a profound sense of identification with his lead character, Willy Loman, and his family -- built to a palpable, almost suffocating closeness.
December 3, 1992
Robert F. Simon, a Broadway, film and television actor whose career dated to the Depression and the Cleveland Playhouse but who is better known nationally for his recurring roles on such TV series as "MASH" and "The Amazing Spider-Man," has died of a heart attack. A family spokesman said Simon was 83 when he died Sunday in Tarzana.
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