Actor-director Peter Haskell dies

Was the VP and treasurer of Theater East

Actor-director Peter Haskell died in his sleep of natural causes in Northridge, Calif., April 12. He was 75.

Active in the Los Angeles theater community, he was the VP and treasurer of Theater East, where he had been regularly writing, directing, performing and teaching a class. It was a company he supported for 40 years.

The Boston native was a graduate of Harvard. After appearing Off Broadway in “The Love Nest” with James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland, Haskell left for Hollywood and pursued a successful career, particularly in television, where he amassed more than 100 credits, including soap operas such as “Ryan’s Hope,” plus series like “Bracken’s World” and “Rich Man, Poor Man, Book II.” He guested on a number of high-profile series such as “Murder, She Wrote,” “Jake and the Fatman,” “JAG,” “Columbo,” and “The Closer.” His last on-camera appearance was on the final episode of “ER” in 2009. He also appeared in a handful of features, including “Robot Wars.”

He is survived by his wife, Cricket, and two children.

A memorial will be held at 7 p.m. June 15 at the MET Theater, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood.

Donations can be made in his name to Theater East, 12400 Ventura Blvd. #377, Studio City, CA 91604.