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Martin Gregg

Martin Gregg, 51, actor, legit entrepreneur and president of the North Park Theater Foundation in San Diego, died Oct. 11 in that city of complications from AIDS.

Born in Portland, Maine, Gregg came to San Diego in 1958.

Following his high school graduation, Gregg moved to New York where he began a long theatrical career.

He toured for two years with Yul Brynner in “The King and I,” playing the role of the young prince. He co-founded the Robert F. Kennedy Theater for Children in New York with Lee Melville and for a while owned the Ritz Theater.

For several years Gregg organized annual productions of “Bah! Humbug,” the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for underpriviledged children.

Gregg returned in the early 1980s to San Diego, where he established the California Performing Arts Center for Children, and continued his annual productions of “Bah! Humbug.” He also organized productions of “Yankee Doodle Boy” and “Toby Tyler at the Circus.”

In 1990, Gregg established the North Park Theater Foundation dedicated to the renovation and reopening of the North Park Theater.

His companion was Milton Arroyo.

Survived by his mother, Eunice Peterson-Swan, two sisters, a brother and several nieces and nephews.

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