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.