Deaths Elsewhere

July 04, 2004

Peter Barnes,

73, a prolific playwright and screenwriter who wrote the 1960s satire The Ruling Class, died Thursday in a London hospital after suffering a stroke.

He began his career as a playwright in the 1950s, and later moved into television and screenplays. Among his biggest successes was 1969's The Ruling Class, a darkly comic satire of the British class system later adapted for film. Mr. Barnes was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of the 1992 film Enchanted April, a gentle romance set in Italy.

He became a father at the age of 69 when his wife, Christie, had a daughter. Triplets followed, and Mr. Barnes became a frequent media commentator on late-life fatherhood.

Bernard Grant,

83, a soap-opera star also well-known for providing the English dubbed into foreign films, died Wednesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York from complications of lymphoma and pneumonia.

For two decades, he was a fixture of daytime dramas on television, most notably as the mellow Dr. Paul Fletcher in Guiding Light for 13 years and as Steve Burke, a more brusque type, in One Life to Live during the 1970s.

In an acting career that included radio, summer stock and Broadway, he got steady work speaking for stars in foreign films translated into English. He also appeared on television shows including Maude, Barney Miller, Gimme a Break!, All in the Family and, most recently, Law & Order as a judge.

Sir Richard May,

65, a British judge who presided over the first two years of the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic before falling ill this year with a brain tumor, died Thursday at his home in Oxford, England.

Mr. May, a low-key barrister who received a knighthood a week before his death, joined the United Nations tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1997 and served on the bench in numerous cases.

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