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Scott McPherson

Scott McPherson, 33, actor and playwright who wrote the award-winning Off Broadway play “Marvin’s Room,” died Nov. 7 in Chicago of AIDS.

The New York production of “Marvin’s Room” won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards; its lead actress, Laura Esterman, won an Obie for her role as Bessie, and McPherson won two awards as the author.

McPherson recently finished the screenplay for a film of “Marvin’s Room,” which is being produced by Robert De Niro.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, McPherson studied theater and dance in high school and at the University of Ohio.

In 1981, he moved to Chicago where he wrote for local television and acted in four theater companies, including a production of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart.”

In addition to “Marvin’s Room,” McPherson wrote three other plays, “Til the Fat Lady Sings,””Scrape” and “Legal Briefs.”

Survived by his mother and stepfather, Peggy and John Sansbury; a brother, Mark; and five stepbrothers and stepsisters.

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