Jerome Dempsey

Legit, television and film actor Jerome Dempsey, whose career spanned more than 40 years, died Aug. 27 in New York of natural causes. He was 69.

Dempsey was featured in the original Broadway production of “West Side Story” and co-starred with Frank Langella in “Dracula.” Other Broadway credits include “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Room Service” and “The Suicide at Schoffield.”

Dempsey also appeared at Lincoln Center in productions of “King Lear,” “The Crucible” and “Three Penny Opera.” His Off Broadway credits include “The Old Glory,” “Sunday Dinner” and “The Unguided Missile.”

In addition to his theatrical career, Dempsey appeared on the bigscreen in such films as “Network,” “Brewster’s Millions” and “The Wizard of Loneliness.” His television work includes the pics “Gore Vidal’s Lincoln,” “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys” and “The Adams Chronicles.”

Dempsey is survived by his sister Joan.

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