- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2007

George Grizzard, 79, stage, screen actor

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway and screen actor George Grizzard, who won acclaim and a Tony Award for performing in Edward Albee’s dramas, died Oct. 2 of complications from lung cancer at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He was 79.

Mr. Grizzard’s film roles included a bullying U.S. senator in “Advise and Consent” in 1962 and an oilman in “Comes a Horseman” in 1978. On television, he made regular appearances on “Law & Order” and won a best supporting actor Emmy for the 1980 TV movie “The Oldest Living Graduate,” which starred Henry Fonda. His TV credits stretch back to the 1950s, when he appeared in several anthology series such as “Playhouse 90.”

But he considered himself primarily a stage actor.

He made his Broadway debut in 1955 as Paul Newman’s brother and fellow convict in “The Desperate Hours.” He was nominated for Tonys for “The Disenchanted” in 1959 and “Big Fish, Little Fish” in 1961.

Among his other credits were Neil Simon’s 1976 “California Suite,” a 1975 revival of “The Royal Family” and the 2001 drama “Judgment at Nuremberg.”

With Mr. Albee, Mr. Grizzard appeared in the original 1962 production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and won a Tony more than 30 years later in 1996 for his performance in a revival of a 1967 play, “A Delicate Balance.”

James W. Michaels, 86, journalist

NEW YORK (AP) — James W. Michaels, who transformed business journalism as editor of Forbes magazine for nearly four decades, died Oct. 2 of pneumonia. He was 86.

Mr. Michaels joined Forbes in 1954 as a reporter covering mutual funds and was promoted to editor in 1961, steering the magazine into its trademark blunt, opinionated style.

Business executives, often skewered in the pages of Forbes, may not have been too pleased with the coverage, but readers liked the product. The monthly magazine’s circulation grew from 130,000 when Mr. Michaels joined to 785,000 when he stepped down as editor in 1999.

After he left the post and until his death, he was editor emeritus and oversaw efforts to move Forbes content to television and the Web.

Mr. Michaels was named one of the 10 outstanding business journalists of the 20th century and earned a Loeb Award in 1972 for lifetime services to financial and business reporting and a Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

He was born in Buffalo in 1921, attended the Culver military academy and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics.


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