Joseph AnthonyActor and directorHYANNIS, Mass. -- Joseph...


January 24, 1993


Actor and director

HYANNIS, Mass. -- Joseph Anthony, an actor and director who at his peak staged four hit productions on Broadway simultaneously, died Wednesday at a nursing home at age 80.

In 1960 to 1961, Mr. Anthony opened four successful shows in 11 months: Gore Vidal's "Best Man"; "Under the Yum-Yum Tree," with Gig Young; Eugene Ionesco's "Rhinoceros"; and Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary."

He directed both the stage and film versions of "The Rainmaker." The 1956 movie starred Katharine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster.

Before his directing career flourished, Mr. Anthony acted onstage and in several movies and television dramas, wrote some plays for television and the stage and was a dance partner to Agnes de Mille in the early 1940s.

In World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in intelligence.

* Robert W. Larkin,Robert W. Larkin, 61, a dance and theatrical press agent, died of respiratory complications from AIDS Thursday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He was 61 and lived in Manhattan. He was a publicity director for the New York City Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet and represented Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century and other international troupes.

* Stephan A. Love,Stephan A. Love, 38, founder of the Next Generation Dance Theater for inner-city youths, died Monday of complications from AIDS in Philadelphia. He founded Next Generation in 1985 while he was a staff instructor at the Jazz Dance Center in Philadelphia.

* Leroy Vizneau,Leroy Vizneau, 83, who was convicted of strangling his wife for refusing to turn down the volume on their television set, died Jan. 15 of an acute abdominal aneurysm in Toledo, Ohio.

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