AIDS in the entertainment world -- A list of people that worked in show business and died from AIDS in 1991
At precisely 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, the lights of Austin, Tex., Chicago, Miami, New York, and San Francisco will dim for 15 minutes. Some museums will , cover or remove their paintings that day. Candlelight vigils will proceed in Honolulu and Woodstock, N.Y., and art galleries will distribute red ribbons. In all, some 4,000 arts and entertainment groups will commemorate this, the third annual Day Without Art, held in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s World AIDS Day. The Bravo channel will air 13 hours of special programs, including ”A Moment Without Television,” a 60-second spot in which the screen will go black on 31 cable channels after the statement that every eight minutes a life is lost to AIDS. So far this year that toll is more than 14,428. Following are the faces of some of those people from the entertainment world whose deaths from AIDS were recorded in newspapers and Variety. The list is not all-inclusive; moreover, some of the names and faces here may not be familiar. But in a world without AIDS, they might someday have been.
TONY RICHARDSON, 63
Died Nov. 14, 1991
Academy Award-winning director of Look Back in Anger and Tom Jones.
JOHN KOBAL, 51
Died Oct. 28, 1991
Former actor; amassed the world’s largest private archive of movie stills and memorabilia.
GERRY JORDAN, 45
Died Oct. 8, 1991
Senior vice president of programming at Skypix Corp. who developed pay-per-view specials.
ALLAN SOBEK, 46
Died Sept. 16, 1991
Broadway dancer (Cabaret, La Cage Aux Folles), stage manager, and film actor.
PAUL MICHAEL LOMBARDI, 31
Died Sept. 9, 1991
Actor, writer, and director; appeared most recently in The Fisher King.
NICHOLAS SCHAFFNER, 38
Died Aug. 28, 1991
Composer who authored 1977’s The Beatles Forever and other rock books.
DON NUTE, 56
Died Aug. 25, 1991
Actor in Manhattan, Fatal Attraction, and Wall Street.
TIM POWERS, 34
Died Aug. 23, 1991
Playwright who wrote Attack of the Three Sisters and Devil Talk.
BRAD DAVIS, 41
Died Aug. 8, 1991
Actor best known for his starring role in Midnight Express and AIDS drama The Normal Heart.
CLIFFORD JAHR, 54
Died Aug. 6, 1991
Entertainment writer for The New York Times, The Village Voice, and People.
TIM BUTLER, 36
Died July 21, 1991
Associate producer of The $100,000 Pyramid and other game shows.
JOHN P. DODD, 50
Died July 14, 1991
Obie award-winning lighting designer who lit early works of Lanford Wilson and Sam Shepard.
GLENN KOLB, 39
Died July 13, 1991
Actor at the San Jose Civic Light Opera and the San Bernardino Civic Light Opera.
JAMES REVSON, 38
Died July 11, 1991
An architecture and design writer, he began his society column for New York Newsday in 1988.
DAVID MANKABA, 32
Died June 27, 1991
Guitarist with the African pop group Bhundu Boys.
JEFFREY SCHISSLER, 42
Died June 22, 1991
Lighting and scenic designer for the Cole Porter Centennial Celebration.
ANTHONY BRUNO, 46
Died June 14, 1991
Playwright (Soul Survivor) and critic for L.A.’s Frontiers magazine.
LARRY KERT, 60
Died June 5, 1991
Actor who originated Tony in Broadway’s West Side Story, with numerous other credits.
TOM CASSIDY, 41
Died May 26, 1991
Business anchor for CNN and founder of the weekend show Pinnacle in 1982.
NICHOLAS DANTE, 49
Died May 21, 1991
Dancer, Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright who cowrote the book for A Chorus Line.
MORGAN GREY, 42
Died May 15, 1991
Merce Cunningham dancer in the ’70s; most recently, a Business Week editor-writer.
GEORGE M. ORTIZ, 44
Died May 8, 1991
Contract analyst for Paramount Pictures.
PHIL ZWICKLER, 36
Died May 7, 1991
Director and producer of documentaries on gay issues.
DUNCAN STALKER, 36
Died May 6, 1991
Senior editor at Vanity Fair; a founding editor of Manhattan,inc.
DENNIS FOX, 39
Died May 4, 1991
Actor at Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and Carnegie Hall.
RON HAYS, 45
Died April 16, 1991
Multimedia artist who won a ’79 Emmy and was nominated in ’82 for Omni: The New Frontier.
DEXTER FREEMAN, 53
Died April 11, 1991
Actor and playwright whose 1989 play, Skies A-Fallin’, won a Drama League award.
MICHAEL JAY GROSSMAN, 48
Died April 6, 1991
Executive director of the McCallem Theater for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert, Calif.
SEBASTIAN HOBART, 30
Died March 28, 1991
Actor and cabaret singer who appeared in New York production of Paris ’31.
HOWARD ASHMAN, 40
Died March 14, 1991
Lyricist for Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast
IAN THOMSON, 61
Died March 13, 1991
British-born actor who appeared in Broadway’s Betrayal.
EDWARD STIERLE, 23
Died March 8, 1991
Lead dancer and choreographer with the Joffrey Ballet
PAUL RUSSELL, 43
Died Feb. 15, 1991
Principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and San Francisco Ballet.
ANTONIO MENDES, 41
Died Feb. 7, 1991
Dancer and choreographer for San Francisco’s Pacific Ballet and Opera Ballet.
LAWRENCE LOTT, 40
Died Jan.24, 1991
Actor and adjunct professor of acting at the University of Southern California.
ALAN L. HALE, 41
Died Jan. 22, 1991
TV soap opera industry publicist at Hale & Husted Associates.
CHRISTOPHER J. O’BRIEN, 30
Died Jan. 8, 1991
Singer and dancer who performed with the New York City Opera.
HOWARD BRUNNER, 51
Died Nov. 12
Actor who originated the role of Mr. Franklin in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God.
MICHAEL BALLARD, 49
Died Nov. 10
Dancer with Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais.
JAY MORAN, 45
Died Oct. 28
San Francisco union representative for Actors’ Equity.
CRAIG LEE, 37
Died Oct. 8
Musician and critic who was a major figure on the L.S. music scene.
SCOT HALTON, 52
Died Sept. 27
Film publicist who appeared on TV to protest his treatment by the industry when he revealed he was HIV-positive.
SAM GREENBAUM, 40
Died Sept. 25
Comedy writer for Maude and All in the Family.
GEORGE ASHLEY, 66
Died Sept. 9
Arts administrator who worked in the New York avant-garde performance world.
ALLEN BARNETT, 36
Died Aug. 14
Author of the 1990 short-story compilation The Body and Its Dangers
PHILIP MINGES III, 39
Died July 30
Publicist whose clients included Shirley MacLaine, Judith Krantz, and the Joffrey Ballet.
KARL JOSEPH ELLIS, 41
Died July 24
Actor with numerous stage and television credits
KEITH KEEN, 34
Died June 15
Actor-dancer who appeared in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
HAOUI MONTAUG, 39
Died June 7
Well-known New York-disco doorman and cabaret producer.
THOMAS A. HANNAN, 40
Died June 4
Actor-singer who helped found the People With AIDS health group in New York.
ANDY MILLIGAN, 62
Died June 3
Writer-director of more than 40 horror films including Vapors and Depraved.
PETER BUCKLEY, 52
Died May 21
Arts and travel writer for Vogue, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.
JOSEPH C. HARTNEY JR., 44
Died May 16
Photographer’s representative and former director of development of the San Francisco and Joffrey Ballets.
VITO MASTROGIOVANNI, 39
Died May 15
Hair and makeup designer for Broadway and Off Broadway productions.
RALPH BISDALE, 46
Died May 12 Design consultant whose included Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel.
LELAND HICKMAN, 56
Died May 12
Poet and editor of such magazines as Bachy and Temblor.
MICHAEL HAGERTY, 39
Died April 30
Actor who founded the Production Co, and Off Off Broadway group.
STEVEN JONES, 29
Died April 28 Costume designer for Starlight Express and My One and Only.
BRIAN SHUCKER, 33
Died April 12
Lyricist who wrote the score of Babes, a 1940s-style musical that opened in L.A. the day he died.
PETER WENDELL LIVINGSTON, 41
Died March 20
Literary agent and best-selling author.
ERIC SCHEPARD, 66
Died Feb. 27
ICM theatrical agent.
BURTON TAYLOR, 47
Died Feb. 13
A leading dancer with the Joffrey in the 1970s.
ROBERT PHILLIPS, 57
Died Feb. 3
Partner in the piano duo Phillips and Renzulli.
STUART SEBASTIAN, 40
Died Jan. 16
Onetime resident choreographer and artistic director of the Dayton Ballet in Ohio.
STAN HURWITZ, 46
Died Jan. 5
Press agent who became a theater manager, coproducing Nunsense and Pump Boys and Dinettes.
DEREK WOLSHONAK, 44
Died Jan. 4
Director and choreographer who taught at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
— Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, Sharon Isaak, Kate Meyers, and Michael Romero