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Ulu Grosbard, Broadway director, dies

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Ulu Grosbard, the Belgian-born Broadway and film director and two-time Tony Award nominee, died at the age of 83, the New York Times reports.

Grosbard earned his first Tony nomination for Best Direction of a Play in 1964 for his first Broadway credit, The Subject Was Roses, which starred Martin Sheen in his early 20s, followed by a second nod for his direction of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, which starred Robert Duvall in the first of their many collaborations. Grosbard went on to direct a handful of other Broadway plays, including The Investigation (which he translated from German), The Price, and The Floating Light Bulb.

In Hollywood, Grosbard began as an assistant director on films like The Hustler (1961) and The Miracle Worker (1962) before becoming a full-time director in his own right. He directed the film version of The Subject Was Roses before notably working with Dustin Hoffman in Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971) and Straight Time (1978). Other film directing credits include True Confessions (1981), Falling in Love (1984, with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro), Georgia (1995, with Mare Winningham) and The Deep End of the Ocean (1999, with Michelle Pfeiffer).

Grosbard’s nephew Robert told the New York Times that his uncle died late Sunday or early Monday at NYU’s Langone Medical Center in New York. Grosbard is survived by his wife, actress Rose Gregorio, who appeared in three of her husband’s feature films.

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