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John McMartin

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John McMartin

John McMartin, A Tony Award-nominated actor who starred in “Sweet Charity,” has died at the age of 86, according to multiple news sources.

His manager, Tony Cloer, says he died of cancer in New York on Wednesday surrounded by his family and his longtime companion, Charlotte Moore.

The actor was nominated for five Tony Awards during his long career. He made his Broadway debut in 1961 in the play “The Conquering Hero.” His breakthrough role came in the Neil Simon play “Sweet Charity,” in which he starred as the accountant Oscar. He played the role again in the movie version of the play opposite Shirley MacLaine in 1969.


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He appeared in a few Stephen Sondheim plays including the production of “Follies” in 1971 and “Into the Woods” in 2001.

He starred in 2013 on Broadway as Sen. Richard Russell in "All the Way," a play about Lyndon Johnson that also featured Bryan Cranston.

The Warsaw, Indiana native also had some memorable television roles. He played radio personality Fletcher Gray on “Fraser” and played a love interest for Shirley Jones on the classic TV sitcom, “The Partridge Family.”

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