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Michael Higgins

( b. Jan 20, 1922 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Nov 05, 2008 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Michael Higgins was an Obie-winning actor who was for decades a familiar presence on New York stages.

Mr. Higgins was best known for the role of Frank Strang, the father of the disturbed youth who blinds horses, in the original Broadway production of Equus. The play, by Peter Shaffer, opened at the Plymouth Theater in 1974.

Among Mr. Higgins's other Broadway credits are Romeo and Juliet (1951), with Olivia de Havilland; The Lark, by Jean Anouilh (1955), with Julie Harris and Christopher Plummer; and The Iceman Cometh, by Eugene O'Neill (1973), with James Earl Jones. His many Off Broadway roles include Antony opposite Colleen Dewhurst's Cleopatra at the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1963.

Mr. Higgins received two Obies, the Off Broadway theater award presented annually by The Village Voice. The first, in 1958, was for his performance as John Proctor in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller; the second, in 1980, was for the role of the father in David Mamet's Reunion.

Michael Patrick Higgins was born in Brooklyn. His father, an insurance salesman and poet, instilled in him early a love of Shakespeare. As a teenager, Michael worked to lose his Brooklyn accent to prepare for a career in the theater. In World War II, he served with the Army in Italy, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After the war, Mr. Higgins made his Broadway debut in Antigone (1946), starring Katharine Cornell.

His film credits include "The Stepford Wives" (1975), "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" (1979) and "Fort Apache, the Bronx" (1981).

Source: The New York Times obituary 

ProductionsDate of Productions
Mixed Couples
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Michael Higgins [Alden]
Dec 28, 1980 - Jan 03, 1981
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Michael Higgins [Frank Strang]
Oct 24, 1974 - Oct 02, 1977
The Iceman Cometh
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Michael Higgins [Larry Slade]
Dec 13, 1973 - Feb 24, 1974
Uncle Vanya
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Standby: Michael Higgins [Mikhail lvovich Astrov]
Jun 04, 1973 - Jul 28, 1973
The Lark
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Michael Higgins [Brother Ladvenu]
Nov 17, 1955 - Jun 02, 1956
The Carefree Tree
[Play, Play with music, Original]
  • Performer: Michael Higgins [The Fifth Son]
Oct 11, 1955 - Oct 30, 1955
Romeo and Juliet
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Michael Higgins [Benvolio]
Mar 10, 1951 - Apr 21, 1951
Our Lan'
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Michael Higgins [2nd Rebel Soldier]
Sep 27, 1947 - Nov 01, 1947
[Play, Tragedy, Original]
  • Performer: Michael Higgins [Third Guard]
Feb 18, 1946 - May 04, 1946
1978 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Higgins (for "Molly") [nominee]
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