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Actor Darrell Sandeen dies at 78

Career spanned Broadway, TV, movies

Darrell Sandeen, an actor whose career spanned Broadway, TV and movies, including more than 80 musical theater productions, died Jan. 26 in Los Angeles after suffering a fall which resulted in a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.

Born in Chicago, he moved to New York and landed parts in the Broadway productions of “Here’s Love,” “A Joyful Noise,” “The Fig Leaves Are Falling,” and “Young Abe Lincoln,” in which he played the title role.

The thesp toured with the national companies of “My Fair Lady” and “The Great White Hope” starring Brock Peters, which brought him to Hollywood. He also toured in “Oklahoma” (as Judd) and in “Our Town,” and was featured in an Off Broadway revival of “Can-Can.”

Among the many musicals he performed in were “Carousel,” “Oliver!,” “The Rainmaker” and “The Sound of Music.” He also did plays including “Young Martin Luther King” and Shakespeare plays including “Hamlet,” “Taming of the Shrew” and “King Lear,” in the title role.

On the West Coast, he performed in “1776,” “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (for which he won a DramaLogue award), “Man From La Mancha” (in which he played Don Quixote and the governor) and “Brecht, Sacred and Profane” at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center. He played Big Jule in “Guys and Dolls” in a performance for President Johnson at the White House.

His TV credits include “Big Love,” “Bonanza,” “Father Murphy,” “Route 66,” and “Feather and Father.”

His movie credits include “L.A. Confidential,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Call Me Bruce,” and Disney’s “Island at the Top of the World.” Most recently he was seen in “Satin.”

He is survived by his wife, Linda; a son; and a brother.

Services will be held Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m.at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City at 12355 Moorpark St.

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