Theatrical producer, real-estate entrepreneur
Raymond J. Greenwald, a theatrical producer and real-estate entrepreneur, died after a lengthy illness on Oct. 18 at age 81.
Greenwald studied acting and directing with Lee Strasberg at the American Theater Wing in the early 1950s. After a number of stage efforts on the nascent Off Broadway scene, he pursued a real estate career and became a co-owner of a group which owned such Manhattan office buildings as 445 Park Avenue, 720 Fifth Avenue, 114 Fifth Avenue, and 1780 Broadway.
He returned to the theater as a producer with the 1986 revival of “Oh, Coward!” on Broadway. Other producing efforts included “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight,” “The Cocoanuts,” “A Thousand Clowns” starring Tom Selleck, “Songs of Paradise,” “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” and the recent production of “Enchanted April.”
Greenwald was on the boards of the Hudson Guild Theater and the American Jewish Theatre, which was subsequently renamed the Raymond J. Greenwald Theater.
He is survived by his wife, Pearl.