Students include Bello, Tomei, Steenburgen

New York acting teacher Fred Kareman died Feb. 25 of heart disease. He was 77.

A memorial service will be held March 12 at 4 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York.

Over the course of his long career, Kareman trained actors such as Mary Steenburgen, Marisa Tomei, Maria Bello, Robert Lupone, and Hugh Panaro.

Born in Asbury Park, N.J., Kareman discovered theater when he and a friend played hooky from school and stumbled into the 1947 Broadway production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” starring Marlon Brando.

He trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner and appeared as an actor on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in TV and film. But he is best remembered for his teaching.

He is survived by his wife, director Pamela Moller Kareman; a daughter; a son and a sister.

Donations may be made to the Schoolhouse Theater, the legit troupe in Croton Falls, N.Y., of which his wife is artistic director.

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