Other Notable Deaths


August 22, 2006

Tony Jay, 73, an actor who was the voice of Judge Frollo in the 1996 animated Disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, died Aug. 13 in Los Angeles from complications after surgery for lung cancer.

Born in London, Mr. Jay began acting when he was 30 after moving to South Africa to work in theater, television and radio. Upon returning to London, he portrayed Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Nicholas Nickleby. He moved to Los Angeles in 1986.

Among his film credits were Twins with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and My Stepmother Is An Alien with Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger. His final movie, Albert Fish, which he narrated, is scheduled for release this week. Mr. Jay had a recurring television role as the evil outcast Paracelcus in Beauty and the Beast (1987-90) and was featured in Twin Peaks (1990-91).

Lawrence Sacharow, 68, an Obie Award-winning director and a pioneer of biographical theater, died of leukemia Aug. 14 in New York City.

From the early 1960s, he was an active director of off-Broadway productions, winning an Obie for Len Jenkin's Five of Us. Much of his success came from an association with Edward Albee. He directed Beckett/Albee at the Century Theater in 2003 and won a Lucille Lortel Award in 1994 for his direction of Albee's Three Tall Women at the Vineyard Theater.

As artistic director of River Arts Rep, which he founded in 1979, he also directed the American premieres of Viva Detroit, by Derek Walcott and Hunting Cockroaches by Janusz Glowacki.

Bruno Kirby, 57, a veteran character actor who costarred in When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers and many other films, died of complications related to leukemia Aug. 14 in Los Angeles.

He was perhaps best known for his roles opposite Billy Crystal in 1989's When Harry Met Sally and 1991's City Slickers.

Dr. Monroe J. Romansky, 95, who developed a formulation of penicillin that prolonged the drug's action, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Aug. 12 in Washington.

Working in the Army Medical Corps at Walter Reed General Hospital during World War II, he developed a method for administering penicillin in a mixture of beeswax and peanut oil called the Romansky Formula.

At the time, penicillin was difficult to use because it was excreted from the body so quickly, according to Food and Drug Administration historian John Swann. The Romansky Formula allowed the drug to stay in the body, so it had to be injected only once each day. Eventually the need for this type of method was eliminated when semi-synthetic penicillin was developed in the 1950s, Mr. Swann said.

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