Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Alan Crofoot


Alan Paul Crofoot was born in Toronto, Canada on June 2, 1929. He attended the University of Toronto where he earned a Master's degree in psychology. His operatic career began at the Canadian Opera, as Spoletta in Tosca, in 1956. Crofoot also appeared in stage productions of musicals such as Man of La Mancha, in London's West End, and Oliver! on Broadway and Winnipeg's Rainbow Stage. From 1963 to 1964, Crofoot hosted the CBC children's program Mr. Piper, which also became well known in the United Kingdom. Crofoot hosted the show dressed as a Pied Piper, with a flower in his hat.

In 1970, Mr. Crofoot appeared in the world premiere of My Heart’s in the Highlands, a chamber opera in two acts by the American composer Jack Beeson. The opera was first broadcast on National Educational Television, predecessor of today’s Public Broadcasting Service, on March 17, 1970.

Crofoot’s film and television career began in 1957 and ended in 1980 after 17 appearances.

In the early morning hours of March 5, 1979, Crofoot jumped from his fifth-floor hotel room window in Dayton, Ohio. He died of his injuries at Miami Valley Hospital shortly thereafter. At the time of his death, Crofoot was set to direct the production of Salome by the Dayton Opera Company. Crofoot's manager, James Sardos, later said that Crofoot was generally happy but had been experiencing "fits of depression" caused by blood pressure medication he had been taking. On the night before his death, Crofoot had been drinking beer which Sardos believed reacted adversely with medication leading to Crofoot's death


CROFOOT, Alan (Alan Paul Crofoot) [6/2/1929, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 3/5/1979, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. (suicide)] – film, TV actor, singer, married to actress Dodi Protero (Dorothy Ann MacGregor) [1931-2007] (1961-1972).

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