[Marxism] John Randolph
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Sat Feb 28 12:59:05 MST 2004
NY Times, February 28, 2004
John Randolph, 88, an Actor on Broadway and in the Movies, Dies
By BEN SISARIO
John Randolph, a Tony Award-winning actor who was a veteran on Broadway and
in the movies, died on Tuesday at his home in Hollywood, his daughter,
Martha Randolph, said. He was 88.
Mr. Randolph, whose career stretched from Broadway in the 1930's to recent
Hollywood films like "You've Got Mail" and "A Price Above Rubies" (both
from 1998), won the Tony in 1987 for best featured actor in Neil Simon's
Frequently cast as an authority figure, Mr. Randolph played the police
chief in "Serpico," Jack Nicholson's father in "Prizzi's Honor" and Tom
Hanks's grandfather in "You've Got Mail." He also occasionally played
Roseanne Barr's father in the television show "Roseanne."
In "Broadway Bound," the third play in Mr. Simon's autobiographical trilogy
that also included "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Biloxi Blues," Mr.
Randolph played the frail yet cantankerous and argumentative grandfather.
In a review in The New York Times, Frank Rich wrote that Mr. Randolph
played the character an "unreconstructed, if sometimes hypocritical
Trotskyite" with "a matchless mixture of buried affection and shrewd
Born Emanuel Hirsch Cohen in the Bronx to immigrants from Romania, Mr.
Randolph attended City College and studied in the Federal Theater Project
and with Stella Adler. He changed his name to John Randolph in 1940.
He made his Broadway debut in "Coriolanus" in 1938 and was a regular
presence there through the 1960's. His many credits on Broadway include
"Command Decision" in 1947, William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" in
1950 and "Seagulls Over Sorrento" in 1952. He was in the original Broadway
productions of "The Sound of Music" and "Paint Your Wagon."
He married the actress Sarah Cunningham in Chicago in 1945, during the
break between the matinee and evening performances of "Native Son," which
was directed and produced by Orson Welles. Ms. Cunningham died in 1986.
Mr. Randolph and his wife were called before the House Un-American
Activities Committee in 1955 but refused to testify. He remained
blacklisted from film and television work until the mid-1960's, returning
to work in the science-fiction film "Seconds" in 1966. That film, directed
by John Frankenheimer, starred Rock Hudson and also featured Will Greer and
Jeff Corey, who had also been blacklisted.
In addition to his daughter, of Honolulu, Mr. Randolph is survived by a
son, Hal, of Los Angeles; a brother, Jerry Lippman, of Edgewater, N.J.; and
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