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Actor Emory Bass Dies at 89

Emory P. Bass, an actor of stage and screen, died March 4 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 89.

Bass began his career with a tour of the play “Glad Tidings” with Tallulah Bankhead, who remained a friend for life. Other tours included “Everybody Loves Opal” with Nancy Walker, “Time Out for Ginger” with Art Carney and “Woman of the Year” with Lauren Bacall.

On Broadway he appeared in “Teahouse of the August Moon,” “Pay Joey,” “Can Can,” “Irene” with Debbie Reynolds as well as “1776” (and the subsequent
film adaptation).

Abroad he starred in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and he made Off Broadway appearances in revivals of  “By Jupiter,” “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Lysistrata” and Terrence McNally’s “Bad Habits.”

On television Bass recurred as Phipps on the sitcom “Angie” and he guested on shows including “Hart to Hart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Webster” and ” Murder, She Wrote.” He was also the voice Discover Card for three years.

Born in Valdosta, Georgia, Bass fell in love with the stage at age 6 with his first performance, playing a green elf. After graduating with a degree in journalism he spent two years at Barter Theatre in Virginia before heading to New York.

Bass has no survivors.

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