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George Furth

Performer, Writer
( b. Dec 14, 1932 Chicago, Illinois, USA - d. Aug 11, 2008 Santa Monica, California, USA ) Male
Mr. Furth was often cast as an odd duck, a milquetoast or a stammery, uneasy type with something to hide. A list of his television credits describes a history of popular series from the 1960s to the ’90s, from “The Defenders,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Honey West,” “F Troop,” “The Monkees” and “McHale’s Navy” to “All in the Family,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Wings,” “Murphy Brown,” “L.A. Law” and “The Nanny.” Perhaps his most memorable role was as Woodcock, the loyal railway employee who allows himself to be blown up not once, but twice, by Paul Newman’s Butch Cassidy, rather than let the train he is riding be robbed.

As a playwright, Mr. Furth reached Broadway several times, both on his own and as a collaborator. “Twigs,” his play about four women from the same family, all played by Sada Thompson, received mixed reviews when it opened on Broadway in 1971, though Mr. Furth’s script had a fan in Walter Kerr of The New York Times, who called its four interconnected pieces “funny and touching and freshly conceived.”

A short-lived comedy, “The Supporting Cast,” appeared in 1981; and a more serious play, “Precious Sons,” a family drama with conscious echoes of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and William Inge, received serious critical treatment when it appeared in 1986, but the prevailing judgment was that Mr. Furth’s noble ambition for his play outstripped his achievement. He also wrote the book for the Kander and Ebb musical “The Act,” a 1977 vehicle for Liza Minnelli.

In his best-known works, however, he was overshadowed by his writing partner, Mr. Sondheim, with whom he wrote three shows: two musicals, “Company” and “Merrily We Roll Along”; and a nonmusical mystery, “Getting Away With Murder.”

“Company” won a Tony for best musical in 1971, and Mr. Furth won a Tony of his own for his book. The show had two full Broadway revivals, the latest in 2006.

He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in speech, and did graduate work at Columbia. He made his Broadway stage debut in 1961 and his movie debut in 1964 in Gore Vidal’s political drama “The Best Man.” His long show business career took place as much behind the scenes as in public view.

source: NY Times Obituaries



Productions Date of Productions
Company
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Book by George Furth
Nov 29, 2006 - Jul 01, 2007
Getting Away With Murder
[Play, Comedy, Thriller, Original]
  • Performer: George Furth [Voice of Other Doctor], Recorded voice only
  • Written by George Furth
Mar 17, 1996 - Mar 31, 1996
Company
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Book by George Furth
Oct 05, 1995 - Dec 03, 1995
Company
[Special, Drama, Revival]
  • Book by George Furth
Apr 11, 1993 - Apr 12, 1993
Precious Sons
[Play, Original]
  • Written by George Furth
Mar 20, 1986 - May 10, 1986
Merrily We Roll Along
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by George Furth
Nov 16, 1981 - Nov 28, 1981
The Supporting Cast
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by George Furth
Aug 06, 1981 - Sep 05, 1981
The Act
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by George Furth
Oct 29, 1977 - Jul 01, 1978
Twigs
Emily
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Written by George Furth
Celia
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Written by George Furth
Dorothy
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Written by George Furth
Ma
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Written by George Furth
Nov 14, 1971 - Jul 23, 1972
Company
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Book by George Furth
Apr 26, 1970 - Jan 01, 1972
Hot Spot
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: George Furth [Harley, Sumber Tubb, Jr.]
Apr 19, 1963 - May 25, 1963
A Cook for Mr. General
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: George Furth [Jordan]
Oct 19, 1961 - Nov 11, 1961
Special Events Date of Special Events
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
[Special, Benefit, Original]
  • Performer: George Furth [Special Guest]
Mar 11, 1973 - Mar 11, 1973
1986 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
 Precious Sons [nominee]
Written by George Furth
1971 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
winnerCompany [winner]
Book by George Furth
1970 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book
winnerCompany [winner]
Book by George Furth
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