“[O]ne of the most recognizable actors on Broadway and television, who played a meek tax accountant in the musical ‘Sweet Charity’ on both stage and screen and had a starring role in the Stephen Sondheim musical ‘Follies,’ died on Wednesday in Manhattan,” reports The New York Times.
The actor, John McMartin, was 86. Adds the Times, “The cause was cancer, said Charlotte Moore, his companion and the artistic director of the Irish Repertory Theater.”
McMartin was nominated for Tony Awards five times, though he never won.
As for his TV work, the Times says, “Mr. McMartin, who started out on the soap opera “As the World Turns” soon after arriving in New York, appeared constantly on television, usually in guest roles He had recurring roles on ‘Falcon Crest’ as Julian J. Roberts, the father of Jordan (Morgan Fairchild), and on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as Charles Chandler, the father of Catherine (Linda Hamilton). He appeared last year in a guest role on the Netflix comedy series ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.’”
Here’s a sampler of McMartin’s work that we found had been posted on YouTube in 2012: