Haines, Larry, of Delray Beach, Florida and a former resident of New York passed away on July 17, 2008. Larry was a renowned television and stage actor whose career was marked by versatility and accomplishment. He was predeceased by his former wives, Gertrude Haines and Jean Pearlman Haines as well as by his only daughter, Debora Haines. Larry's Broadway appearances include "Tribute" with Jack Lemmon, "Twigs" with Sada Thompson, "No Hard Feelings" with Eddie Albert and the lead role of Barney Cashman in "Last of the Red Hot Lovers". Prior to that he played Dr. Dreyfus in "Promises, Promises" for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and he lists among his other Broadway credits the role of the theatrical agent in "A Thousand Clowns" with Jason Robards and that of the doctor in "Generation", a performance which also won him a Tony Award nomination. His other theater credits are Neil Simon's "God's Favorite" in which he co-starred with Godfrey Cambridge at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida and "Paris Is Out" in which he co-starred with Molly Picon at the Philadelphia Playhouse in the Park. He appeared as one of the card players in the record breaking movie version of "The Odd Couple" with Jack Lemmon. Other films include "The Seven-Ups" and "The Swimmer" with Burt Lancaster. Mr. Haines has been heard on over 15,000 radio shows including "Inner Sanctum" and "Gangbusters", and for 35 years he played the part of Stu Bergman on the popular TV soap opera "Search For Tomorrow" for which he won 2 Emmys as best actor on a daytime series. He made guest appearances on "Maude", "Kojak", "On Our Own", "Doc", "Hallmark" and co-starred in the series "Phyl and Mikky" and he appeared in "Baby On Board". He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy in 1983. Larry is survived by his niece, Kathy Hecht. He will be greatly missed by his friends and admirers. Chapel services are scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 12:00 p.m., Rubin Memorial Chapel, 7340 Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33437, (561) 853-3000, with burial to follow at Mt. Nebo Kendall Cemetery in South Miami. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Screen Actors Guild, Hollywood Headquarters, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on July 20, 2008