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John Randolph

May 24, 2004

Memorial Planned for Actor John Randolph

Sunday, June 20 5 PM - Unity Hall, 235 West 23rd Street

John Randolph, a Tony Award winner who served on the Council from 1967 to 1972, died at his home in Hollywood on February 24, 2004. He was 88. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 20 at 5 PM at the Winston Unity Hall, 235 West 23rd Street. (RSVP requested: 914-489-2439)

Mr. Randolph, whose career spanned from Broadway in the 1930s to recent films like You've Got Mail (1998), received the Tony in 1987 as best featured actor in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Born in New York, Mr. Randolph attended City College and studied in the Federal Theatre Project and with Stella Adler. He made his Broadway debut in Coriolanus in 1938. Other Broadway credits include Command Decision (1947), Come Back, Little Sheba (1950), and the original productions of The Sound of Music and Paint Your Wagon. He married actress Sarah Cunningham in Chicago in 1945, between the matinee and evening performances of Native Son, which was directed by Orson Welles. Ms. Cunningham died in 1986.

The couple was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, but refused to testify. Mr. Randolph was blacklisted from film and television work until the mid-1960s, returning to work in the film, Seconds, in 1966.

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