Wednesday, October 03, 2007


George Grizzard (1928-2007)

By Edward Copeland
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing George Grizzard in his Tony-winning performance in the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance in the 1996. His face is probably more familiar to most than his name, but his long career spanned stage, screen and television.

His most recent screen appearance was in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers. He appeared in a lot of episodic television, including twice on The Golden Girls, once as the ghost of Blanche's late husband, another time as his twin brother. He was nominated twice for Emmys, winning in 1980 for The Oldest Living Graduate.

In addition to his Tony win for A Delicate Balance, where he shared the stage with a brilliant ensemble that included Rosemary Harris and Elaine Stritch, Grizzard was nominated in 1961 for the play Big Fish, Little Fish and in 1959 for the play The Disenchanted. His most recent Broadway work came in another Albee revival, Seascape. He also created the role of Nick on Broadway in the original production of Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other notable films he appeared in included Wonder Boys, Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks, Comes a Horseman and Advise and Consent.

RIP Mr. Grizzard.

To read The New York Times obit, click here.

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