ROBERT A. BONNARD

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BONNARD--Robert Andrew. Actor/ Director/ Playwright died January 23, 2014, age 87, after long illness. Born Robert Videbeck, December 6, 1926 in Elk Horn, Iowa, son of Rev. and Mrs. Christian Videbeck. Won Obie 1967 for Distinguished Performance in Ionesco's "The Chairs." Show Business Award for direction of "Candaules, Commissioner" by Daniel Gerould 1970 with Chelsea Theater Center, NY. Graduated American Academy of Dramatic Arts, 1949, taught State University of Iowa 1959-1962 and at University of Arkansas 1965-1966. Wrote several plays including "They Saw The Whole Zoo", "My Friend Weissman Is Back", "A Passion for Apollo, "The Harrowing", and "Van Gogh's Ear", performed around the country and abroad. Was Member of the Players Club, NY for many years. Last fully staged performance 1998 with Pirates Playhouse, Sanibel Island, Florida, as Caesar in Shaw's "Androcles And The Lion". Death was due to continued failing health after removal of cancerous right vocal cord 2001. He is survived by his brother, William Videbeck, of Brooklyn."

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 16, 2014
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