Other Notable Deaths


October 20, 2007

JAN WOLKERS, 81 Novelist, poet and sculptor

Novelist, poet and sculptor Jan Wolkers, whose sex-charged books helped shake off the shackles of postwar conservatism in the Netherlands, died yesterday at his home on the North Sea island of Texel, his publisher said.

His best-known book was Turkish Delight, about a stormy relationship between a sculptor and his girlfriend who break up and are reunited shortly before she dies of a brain tumor.

It was published in 1969 and has been translated into a dozen languages. In 1973, it was made into a film, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Rutger Hauer; it was nominated for an Oscar and was voted best Dutch film of the 20th century.

Considered one of the four best postwar Dutch writers, Mr. Wolkers won but declined the country's highest literary honors.

In the 1960s, his popular books included Kort Amerikaans, translated as Crew Cut, and Terug naar Oegstgeest, or Back to Oegstgeest, which also were made into films.

LONNY CHAPMAN, 87 Actor, artistic director

Lonny Chapman, a stage and screen actor who was the founding artistic director of a theater company that is one of the oldest in North Hollywood and now bears his name, died Oct. 12 of heart disease in North Hollywood, Calif.

As a new graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Chapman hitchhiked to New York City in 1947 with his best friend from college, actor Dennis Weaver. By 1950, Mr. Chapman had originated the role of Turk in the Broadway production of William Inge's first play, Come Back, Little Sheba. Mr. Weaver was his understudy.

Mr. Chapman performed on the New York stage for more than a decade.

After moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s to pursue movie and television roles, he helped found a local branch of the Actors Studio.

In 1972, 13 actors gathered to practice scenes in a laundromat they had converted into a tiny Hollywood theater, and Mr. Chapman sought them out after hearing about them from a friend.

Impressed by the company then known as Group, Mr. Chapman told them, "This isn't a theater yet because you're not doing plays. ... I'll work with you if you start doing a play," he said in a 1998 Los Angeles Times article.

They quickly named him artistic director, a title Mr. Chapman held until his death.

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