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‘Annie,’ ‘Urinetown’ Broadway Actor Was 68 – The Hollywood Reporter



John Deyle, who appeared in 4 Broadway musicals, in additional than 100 commercials and because the inept Mr. Science on the primary season of Late Night time With Conan O’Brien, has died. He was 68.

Deyle died June 22 at his dwelling in Mount Kisco, New York, after a battle with esophageal most cancers, his spouse, Rebecca Paller, introduced.

Whereas auditioning for a job within the musical adaptation of I Bear in mind Mama in 1978, lyricist Martin Charnin advised him that he was “all wrong for this show, but we could use you in Annie,” he recalled.

Deyle then made his Broadway debut in March 1979, becoming a member of the ensemble of the Sarah Jessica Parker starrer by taking part in Louis Howe, Fred McCracken and Bert Healy.

He went on to work within the 1980 Broadway revival of Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, starring Richard Burton, and within the subsequent U.S. and Australian excursions of the famed musical that featured Richard Harris within the lead.

Deyle additionally was on Broadway in Footloose (as Principal Clark) beginning in 1998 and in Urinetown (as Senator Fipp) throughout its total 2001-04 run. (He began out with the latter off-Broadway.)

Different stage highlights included taking part in Bert Bratt within the 1996 nationwide tour of Achieve Enterprise With out Actually Attempting; starring off-Broadway as Frankie Cavalier in Pageant in 1992 and as Hucklebee in a 2006 revival of The Fantasticks; and regional stints on the Lengthy Wharf, the Huntington Theater, the Enviornment Stage, the Walnut Avenue Theatre, Artpark and Goodspeed.

Born on July 6, 1954, in Rochester, New York, Deyle graduated from Irondequoit Excessive Faculty, obtained his bachelor’s diploma from the College of North Carolina Faculty of the Arts in 1976 and moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting on Broadway.

Years after that was realized, he started checking in as Mr. Science on NBC’s Late Night time With Conan O’Brien in 1993.

In commercials — his “bread and butter,” his spouse mentioned — he pitched all the pieces from Skippy Peanut Butter and Toblerone Chocolate to Hoover Vacuum Cleaners, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Only for Males Hair Shade (“I thought you were starting to go gray,” his barber character mentioned).

Deyle additionally labored in such movies as Wall Avenue (1987), Earlier than and After (1996), One True Factor (1998) and Tio Papi (2013) and on episodes of Regulation & Order, Regulation & Order: SVU, The Good Spouse, One Life to Stay and All My Kids.

Along with his spouse, an arts author and curator whom he married in 1991, survivors embrace their son, Oleg; his sister, Kathryn; brother-in-law Ben; aunt Marylin; nephews Stephen, Brian and Jay; and niece Erica.

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