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George W. Drew, actor/costumer

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Theater actor and costume designer George W. Drew died July 8 of cancer.

Drew was Emmy-nommed for his costumes for soap “One Life to Live.” For television, he designed for “The Patty Duke Show” and “The Trials of O’Brien” with Peter Falk. He also worked on TV programs including live action production “Mayerling” with Audrey Hepburn, “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Not for Women Only” and the Patty Duke film “Billie.”

Drew attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Pratt Institute, and toured the South Pacific with the USO. He started as an actor, appearing on Broadway in “The Relapse” in 1950. After performing with a dance/mime company and a vaudeville acrobatic trio, he turned largely to costume designing.

Drew co-founded the Institute for Advanced Studies in Theater Arts, working to bring foreign directors to New York. Among their productions was Kabuki play “Narukami” and the International Theater Festival at Nantucket’s Straight Wharf Theater.

He is survived by his partner of 43 years, Gary Gagnon, and a sister.

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