Had plays on Broadway and a regional following

Actor-playwright James McLure, whose one-act plays “Lone Star” and “Pvt. Wars” were produced together on Broadway in 1979, died Thursday, Feb. 17, of cancer in Marina del Rey, Calif. He was 59.

“Lone Star” was set behind the bar at a small town in Texas, while “Pvt. Wars” follows three young Vietnam veterans in a hospital.

Born in Alexandria, La., James Miller McLure Jr. grew up in Shreveport, La., and graduated from Southern Methodist U. in Dallas. He started writing “Lone Star” so it could be used in an acting class.

McLure’s other plays include “Laundry and Bourbon,” “The Day They Shot John Lennon” and “Wild Oats,” an adaptation of an 18th-century farce by John O’Keefe set in the Wild West. “Wild Oats” was one of three selections officially representing the U.S. in the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

He is survived by his sister.

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