John Hostetter (1946 - 2016)

John Hostetter, a veteran character actor who was known best for his role as the unflappable stage manager on TV's "Murphy Brown," died Sept. 2, 2016, of cancer. He was 69.

Hostetter died in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where he had moved to a beachside house in 2001 with Del Appleby, his wife of 40 years.

He was born Oct. 6, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Hanover, Pennsylvania, according to his obituary. He attended Catawba College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, eventually receiving a master of fine arts at Cornell University.

In 1975, Del and John Hostetter moved to Los Angeles to pursue what would become his 25-year acting career. In addition to playing the stage manager on the set of the fictional "FYI" on the acclaimed CMS sitcom "Murphy Brown," he played minor film roles including "Into the Night" (1985), "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986), "Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), and "Leonard Part 6" (1987).


Click to get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox.


"He was a great man who wrote in iambic pentameter and lived the same way," reads a statement on his personal website. "His passing has caused the earth to shift a bit on its axis. The Studs were able to know him during our formative years and incredibly, during our later years.  John never wavered from his path. He was the iconic 'interesting and wonderful' person we've known since college and held the banner high for being true to oneself. All who came to know him benefitted from the acquaintance."

Hostetter was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister; three nephews; and a grandnephew.

We invite you to share condolences for John Hostetter in our Guest Book.