Logan Ramsey, character actor of Broadway, features and TV, died of a heart attack June 26 at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. He was 79.
Ramsey, who often played the heavy, essayed roles in more than 45 feature and TV films from 1961-99. Most notable were his appearances in the WWII historical drama “Fat Man and Little Boy,” with Paul Newman, and “Scrooged,” starring Bill Murray.
Ramsey also frequented the small screen with guest appearances on such shows as “Murder, She Wrote,” “MASH” and “Mission: Impossible.”
But it was on the stage that Ramsey made his biggest impact. He appeared in 15 Broadway productions in 16 years, from his debut in the 1950 play “Devil’s Disciple” to the 1966 production of “Great Indoors.”
In 1959 Ramsey was part of the original production of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth,” playing the father of Paul Newman’s character, Chance.
Ramsey spent much of his childhood moving from one army base to another. He came to New York in 1947 to pursue acting and studied at the Actor’s Studio with Lee Strasberg. In 1950 he won the Clarence Derwent award for best supporting actor in “Devil’s Disciple.”
Ramsey, who was married to the late actress Anne Ramsey, is survived by his sister, Marianne Ramsey.