Victor Anthony Wilmes

Director/choreographer Victor Anthony Wilmes died Oct. 1 at his home in Santa Monica of complications from AIDS. Known professionally as Victor Valentine, he was 40.

Valentine began his professional career as an actor/dancer performing regionally in such shows as “Dames at Sea,””Cabaret” and “Romeo & Juliet.” He went on to co-found Rainbow Children’s Theater in Billings, Mont.

Among his other credits, Valentine directed the Tokyo, Boston, Honolulu and Philadelphia companies of “Little Shop of Horrors” and the Birmingham production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” for the Nederlander Organization.

Recently, Valentine directed and produced the Broadway Benefit at BAM for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and choreographed/directed industrial shows for such clients as McDonald’s, Avon and Little Caesar’s.

Valentine is survived by his mother Colleen Thom and stepfather Roger Thom, grandmother Hazel Ammons, aunt and uncle Max and LeVeta Ammons and longtime companion Skip Chasey.

Private services in Kansas City and a New York memorial service are pending.

The family has asked that donations be made in Victor’s name to the Actors’ Fund of America/New York.

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