Actor/playwright John Michael O’Hare died April 20 of heart failure in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 82
O’Hare appeared opposite Rosalind Russell, Beatrice Lillie and Greer Garson in 639 performances of “Auntie Mame” at the Broadhurst Theatre. He made his Broadway debut in l949 in “The Enchanted” and appeared in “The Long Days” with Frances Starr; “The Pink Elephant” with Steve Allen and “The Bad Seed” with Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack.
Born in La Junta, Colorado, he made his debut as a leading man at Pennsylvania’s Erie Playhouse. He performed at regional theaters including the Worcester and Fitzberg in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse, where he began a long association with actress June Lockhart, with whom he co-starred in “Claudia,” “Dulcie” and “Sabrina Fair.” He toured the United States with Gloria Swanson in “Goose For the Gander,” Susan Peters in “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” and Monty Wooley in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”
Following his long run in “Auntie Mame,” he began a new career as a playwright with “Pride and Joy” at the Hyde Park, NY, theater and continued with the comedy “Once Over Nightly,” which ran two years at San Francisco’s On Broadway Theater. His play “The Gentle Trap” was performed in London, France, Poland, Italy and Germany. His last play, “Once Again With You” was produced at the Main Stage Theater in Los Angeles and returned the playwright to acting when he replaced ailing star Don Porter.
On television, he appeared on “The Philco Playhouse,” “Chevrolet Hour,” “The Clock,” “Lights Out,” “Believe It or Not,” “The Web,” “Hands of Destiny” and “Cameo Theater.”
He is survived by his wife, actress Natalie Core.
Donations may be made to The Actors’ Fund of America, 729 Seventh Avenue, NY l0019.