John Carlyle

Actor-writer

Actor-writer John Carlyle, active in numerous L.A. area stage productions and episodic TV, died Tuesday at of lung cancer his home in West Hollywood. He was 72.

Baltimore native made his television debut at age 20 starring in Hallmark Hall of Fame” production, “Edgar Allan Poe at WestPoint.”Soon after he garnered more TV assignments, including roles on “General Electric Theatre,” “Mike Hammer,””Men of Annapolis””Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “One Step Beyond.”

Later television work included “King of Diamonds,” a recurring role on “General Hospital, “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger.”

Although his film debut was deleted from the final cut of George Cukor’s 1954 “A Star is Born”, his connection to the film led to a friendship with star Judy Garland and he netted roles in other pics, including “Dangerous Mission” “Untamed” “Daddy Long Legs” “The Rack,” “The Spirit of St. Louis” and more.

An active member of Theater West, he worked with the Pasadena Playhouse, Coast Playhouse and more in productions that included “The Crucible,” “The Corn Is Green,” “The Iceman Cometh,” the title role in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and the L.A. premiere of “Bent.”

At the time of his death, Carlyle was also devoting extensive time to writing, most recently penning three novels: “Roland,” “Flora and Franklin” and his autobio “Frainge Benefits.”

He is survived by his partner of 28 years, John Paul Davis; a sister; a stepbrother; a niece, a nephew; and great-niece.

Donations be made to the Actors’ Fund.

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