Frederic Bradlee

Broadway actor, writer and brother of the Washington Post's former executive editor Ben Bradlee

Frederic Bradlee, Broadway actor, writer and brother of the Washington Post’s former executive editor Ben Bradlee, died from Alzheimer’s disease Tuesday July 12 at his Manhattan home. He was 84.

Boston native and WWII vet attended Harvard and Columbia but dropped out to be an actor. On Broadway, he appeared in “Dame Nature” (1938), “Fledgling” (1940), “Theatre” (with Cornelia Otis Skinner) and “The Happy Days” (both 1941) and “Second Threshold” (1951).

He also appeared Off Broadway and toured with productions of “A Winter’s Tale,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner” with Clifton Webb and “Arms and the Man.”

Additional stage appearances included “The First Mrs. Fraser” with Jane Cowl, “The Browning Version” with Maurice Evans and “Second Threshold” with Clive Brook.

In 1960, he edited with Cleveland Armory the anthology “Vanity Fair: Selections From America’s Most Memorable Magazine, a Cavalcade of the 1920s and 1930s.” His novel “Esperie” appeared in 1967.

In later years, he did volunteer work for Reading for the Blind, the International Council on Alcoholism and the Opera Orchestra of New York.

Survivors include his brother, currently vice president at large of the Washington Post.

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