Arthur Lithgow

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Arthur Washington Lithgow III (September 9, 1915 – March 24, 2004) was an American actor and director.

Life and career

Lithgow was born in Puerto Plata, the Dominican Republic, the son of American parents Ina Berenice (née Robinson), a nurse, and Arthur Washington Lithgow II, an entrepreneur. Lithgow, the father of actor John Lithgow, helped pioneer the regional theater movement and founded two Shakespeare festivals. In 1952 he founded and served as the artistic director of the "Antioch Shakespeare Festival" at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In 1962 he founded the "Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival" in Lakewood, Ohio (today known as the "Great Lakes Theatre Festival").

He appeared on Broadway in A Cure for Matrimony, Steel and the musical Lorelei (which starred Carol Channing and was based on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).

In 1963 he became artistic director of the McCarter Theatre at Princeton University until 1972, when he and his family relocated to Boston, where he was a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts. He served as administrative director of the BrattleboroCenter for the Performing Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont.

He died aged 88 in Amherst, Massachusetts, of heart failure.


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