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We Say Good-Bye to Brian Bedford and David Margulies

We Say Good-Bye to Brian Bedford and David Margulies

Brian Bedford

Cancer has not only claimed the life of David Bowie, now the British-born actor Brian Bedford. Bedford was a protégé of John Gielgud and a theater-school classmate of Alan Bates, Albert Finney and Peter O’Toole. He was a mainstay at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for nearly four decades playing King Lear to Tartuffe. He won a Tony Award, in 1971, in Molière’s “School for Wives,” but he appeared in 18 Broadway productions. He earned his seventh Tony nomination for his drag performance as Lady Bracknell, in The Importance of Being Earnest. Bedford, 75, claimed “I’m most alive when I’m acting. I can’t deny it, it’s where I belong.”

Brian Bedford

Born on Feb. 16, 1935, Brian left home and began his acting career, as his father took his own life. “Suicide runs in the family.” His father’s brother also committed suicide.

Alan Bates, was Mr. Bedford’s roommate. Peter Brook cast him as Rodolpho, in Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” and as Ariel in The Tempest, which starred John Gielgud. Gielgud later directed Mr. Bedford in Peter Shaffer’s Five Finger Exercise, which brought him to New York for the first time in 1959. The play ran for 10 months on Broadway.

In film he played with James Garner, and was in the 1995 film “Nixon” with Anthony Hopkins. His best-known film role was the Disney animated feature “Robin Hood” where he portrayed as a fox. On television h “Murder, She Wrote,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “The Equalizer,” were jut some of his accomplishments.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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