Actor Herb Braha Dies at 69

Herb Braha Actor Dead
Courtesy of the family of Herb Braha

Actor Herb Braha has died. He was 69

Actor Herb Braha (aka Herb Simon) died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 6. He was 69.

He was part of the original Off Broadway cast of the long-running hit musical “Godspell” before eventually branching out into TV and films. On the small screen, he was a guest star on shows including “Kojak,” “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” “Soap,” “Remington Steele,” “Happy Days” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

On the big screen he was perhaps best known for his roles in “Child’s Play,” “The Howling,” “The Ski Bum” (1971) with Charlotte Rampling and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High,” in which he played the Ramones’ agent.

In recent years, Braha founded “Richard the Thread,” a successful fabric house that supplied material for opera, stage play and film productions, including the “Pirates of
the Caribbean” and “Iron Man” franchises.

Born in Hyannis, Massachussets, Braha spent his formative years in Miami, deciding early on to become an actor. After graduating in 1968 with a BFA in drama from Carnegie-Mellon University, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater.

Braha is survived by his brothers, Charles and James; two nieces; and a nephew.

A memorial will be held this Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Skylight Theater, 1816 N. Vermont Ave. in Hollywood.

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  1. Mitchell Rauch says:

    Herb Braha was a terrific actor to be sure, but he was an even better family man and I am surprised there is no mention of his longtime agent and wife of twenty years, Carol, and his stepson Adam. I can still remember waiting on them at El Coyote every week, and having an impromptu Shakespear recitation for the whole dining room to see. Great guy and group of folks.

  2. Janet says:

    I met Herb through Richard the Thread and costumes supplies for a theatre for which I work. Through conversation, he confided that he had been in Godspell, and recounted his film adventures, specifically Rock ‘n Roll Highschool. We often laughted about his role as the agent for the Ramones. “This is the big time girlie…. this is rock and roll” A kind and soulful man.

  3. Robert Goldberg says:

    Went to high school with Herb in Miami, and though I haven’t seen him in all these years, it was always good to see him onscreen. He was a talented kid, in love with Shakespeare at 16. It was doubly funny to see him in things like “The Beach Girls,” 1982, where he played a Captain Blye (sic), with a wonderful Bogart affect. Bon voyage, Herb.

  4. Lynda Bensky says:

    I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of Herb’s passing. I represented Herb many years ago when I was an agent and soon after he became a very good friend. He was always a delight to be with, so smart, so funny, so clever, so interesting. He had a warmth and light that radiated outward and touched people. A beautiful, soulful man.

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