Friday, July 22, 2011

RIP Tom Aldredge

Actor Tom Aldredge dies

Thomas Ernest ‘Tom’ Aldredge died of lymphoma at a hospice in Tampa, Florida today July 22, 2011. He was 83. Aldredge was a stage, screen and TV actor appearing in the Euro-western "Cold Mountain" (2003) as the blind man and more recently in 2007 in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" as Major George Hite. Tom also appeared on the hit TV series "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire" and co-starred with Glenn Close on two seasons of legal drama "Damages". Aldredge earned a Daytime Emmy Award in 1978 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming for his role on "Henry Winkler Meets Shakespeare"; an episode aired as part of The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People.

A celebrated Broadway star, Aldredge also starred in more than 28 stage productions including "The Crucible", "Twelve Angry Men" and "Tom Sawyer". Tom landed a total of five Tony Award nominations throughout his stage career for performances in shows such as "Sticks and Bones" (1972), Stephen Sondheim’s musical "Passion" (1994), and "Twentieth Century" (2004). He was married to costume and set designer Theoni V. Athanasiou-Aldredge [1922-2011] from 1953 until her death earlier this year on January 21st.

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