JAMES T. PRITCHETT

PRITCHETT--James Turner. Passed quietly at home in New York on March 15 at the age of 88. Mr. Pritchett was born in Lenoir, NC where he briefly practiced law before beginning a long and rich life in the theatre. Notably, Mr. Pritchett portrayed Dr. Matt Powers on the daytime serial "The Doctors" from 1963-1982, for which he won a Best Actor Emmy in 1978. On Broadway, he starred in "Two For the Seesaw" in 1959 and appeared "Sail Away" in 1961-62. He appeared in national tours of "Auntie Mame" with Sylvia Sydney in 1958 and "Other Peoples Money" with Tony LoBianco in 1991. He began his television career on the daytime serial "The Secret Storm" and then "As The World Turns" before his 19 year run on "The Doctors." He also worked extensively in regional theatre throughout his life, and appeared in numerous television commercials and film. Mr. Pritchett served in World War II where he earned a degree in meteorology. He met his wife Cynthia as they starred together in a production of "Guys and Dolls" in her home state of Michigan. He was a devoted family man, sharing with his family his zeal for travel, and love of nature and sports. He will be remembered by many for his playful nature and sharp wit. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, wife Cynthia, daughter Laura, son-in-law Priest Dimitri, daughter Shelley, son Kyle, daughter-in-law Claudia, and grandchildren Yevgraf, Vassily and Theodora. Mr. Pritchett will be laid to rest in a private service in upstate New York where he and his family enjoyed many happy years.


Published in The New York Times on Mar. 23, 2011