Other Notable Deaths


May 20, 2006

Cy Feuer, 95, who with Ernest H. Martin produced some of Broadway's biggest hits including Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the movie version of Cabaret, died Wednesday at his home in new York City.

Feuer and Martin -- as they were billed -- had five hit musicals in a row, starting in 1948 with Where's Charley? It was followed by Guys and Dolls (1950), Can-Can (1953), The Boy Friend (1954) and Silk Stockings (1955).

Nominated for nine Tonys, Mr. Feuer won three -- one for Guys and Dolls and two for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He received a lifetime achievement Tony in 2003.

The two producers collaborated on Guys and Dolls, considered one of the greatest of all Broadway musicals. Based on a Damon Runyon short story, it chronicled the colorful characters of Times Square. It ran for 1,200 performances and had a successful Broadway revival in the 1990s.

How to Success in Business Without Really Trying, which starred Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee, told the story of a disarming young man who works his way up the corporate ladder to become chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Co. The musical, which ran for 1,417 performances, won a Tony and the Pulitzer Prize.

Among other musicals the two men produced were Little Me (1962) starring Sid Caesar, Skyscraper (1965), Walking Happy (1966) and The Act (1977), starring Liza Minnelli.

His autobiography, I Got the Show Right Here, was published in 2003.

Joe Amsler, 65, one of three men who kidnapped Frank Sinatra Jr. in 1963, died of liver failure May 6 in Salem, Va., where he had moved two years ago to be near his family as his health waned.

Mr. Amsler was 23 when he, friend Barry Keenan and Mr. Keenan's mother's boyfriend, John Irwin, abducted 19-year-old Frank Sinatra Jr., the only son of Frank Sinatra, at gunpoint from a Lake Tahoe hotel. They released him three days later unharmed for $240,000.

The three were arrested soon afterward and sentenced to life in prison, although each was released in less than five years. The crime inspired the 2003 Showtime movie Stealing Sinatra, in which Ryan Browning played Mr. Amsler opposite David Arquette and William H. Macy.

After prison, Mr. Amsler worked as a stunt double and bodyguard for actor Ryan O'Neal. He left Hollywood to work in construction and later as a handyman.

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