( b. Mar 04, 1927 Fairhope, Alabama, USA - d. Apr 06, 2013 Seattle, Washington, USA ) Male
Clayton Corzatte's decades on the stage included an appearance with Katharine Hepburn, a Tony Award nomination and roles for the 5th Avenue, Seattle Repertory, Village, Intiman and ACT theaters, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Born in Alabama, Mr. Corzatte served in the U.S. Navy for two years during World War II before attending the University of Alabama, where he studied theater. He landed an acting job straight out of college with Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va.
In 1960, he appeared as Sebastian, the twin of Hepburn's Viola, in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn.
By then, Clayton and his wife Susan were also part of New York's APA Repertory Company, a project of the Association of Producing Artists founded by actors Ellis Rabb and Rosemary Harris. The troupe staged its first productions "way way off Broadway," Susan Corzatte said, and slowly moved up. The couple did revolving repertory on Broadway for five years, and Mr. Corzatte won an Obie award in 1962 for his APA works, including his role as Constantin in Chekhov's The Seagull.
During his tenure with the APA, Mr. Corzatte accepted an invitation to join Minneapolis' now-famed Guthrie Theater for its opening season in 1963 -- a move Rabb wasn't happy about.
His return paid off, in terms of recognition. In 1967, Mr. Corzatte was nominated for a Tony for his work in APA's production of Sheridan's The School for Scandal.
When APA folded in 1969, the Corzattes moved to Seattle with their two children, in part because the New York spotlight was losing its appeal for Mr. Corzatte.
Source: The Seattle Times