Jack Bittner, 76, stage and TV actor and opera singer, died June 26 in New York of a heart attack.
Bittner was best known for his Shakespearean roles. He appeared in more than 40 productions and was a runner-up for the Clarence Derwent Award in 1954 for his performances in “Richard III” and “Coriolanus.” In 1958, he won critical acclaim for various appearances in productions of the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn.
He made his Broadway debut in 1942 in “Nathan the Wise.” Other Broadway credits are “All the King’s Men,” a 1948 revival of “Room Service,””Witness for the Prosecution” and “Tiger at the Gates.”
Bittner, a baritone, made his singing debut in the New York City Opera’s production of Shostokovich’s “Katerina Ismailova” in 1965. Other opera roles with the company included Assan in “The Consul” and Sacristan in “Tosca.”
Born in Omaha, Bittner graduated from the U. of Nebraska in 1940 and continued his studies at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School in New York. Survived by his wife, Mae Copper Bittner.
John Granger, 69, legit, film and TV actor, died May 31 in Doylestown, Pa., of a cerebral hemorrhage. Granger’s Broadway credits include “Cherie,””Auntie Mame” and “The Little Hut.” He appeared in numerous stock and dinner theater presentations including “Babes in Arms,””Funny Girl, “”Show Boat,””A Girl In My Soup,””Star Spangled Girl” and “Lady in the Dark.”
Granger, who appeared in several features including “Advise and Consent” and “Tatoo,” also worked on numerous television shows including “As the World Turns” and “Sandbox.”
Survived by his partner, Terry Herriott.
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John M. Falabella, 40, international stage and television designer and Emmy nominee for his work on five Tony Awards telecasts, died July 6 in New York of AIDS.
Falabella designed 14 Broadway shows, including Harvey Fierstein’s “Safe Sex, “”Cottonpatch Gospel,” and “The Guys in the Truck”; Edward Albee’s “The Lady From Dubuque” and “Harry Connick Jr. On Broadway.” He also was artistic supervisor/costume designer for “Tango Passion,” which opened in April at the Longacre Theater.
His off-Broadway credits include “Tallulah” and “Tracers.” He also worked extensively in regional theaters including the Alliance, the Berkshire Theater Festival, the Huntington, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Drama Guild and the Walnut Street Theater.
For television, Falabella designed “Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne” and “Gregory Hines’ Tap Dance America” for PBS. He also designed several Tony Awards telecasts for CBS. In 1992, he was nominated for an Emmy for his Tony work.
Falabella was head of the scenic design program at Boston University since 1986.
His companion was Laren T. Lambdin. Survived by his parents and a brother.