David Hurst has died at 93
Posted by: AlanScott 03:25 am EDT 10/05/19

David Hurst, born in Berlin in 1926, died back in Berlin on September 15. He spent much of his life acting in the U.S. His Broadway credits can be found on ibdb, and most of his Off-Broadway credits can be found on the Lortel archive (iobdb). No mention there, though, of his Dr. Caius at the Delacorte in 1974. No mention on ibdb of the Clarence Derwent award he won for Look After Lulu, in which he was onstage for just seven minutes.

In addition to the credits you can find on those sites, he worked regionally at Arena Stage, where his roles included Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle; André Gregory's Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, where his roles included Bummidge in The Last Analysis and Hamm in Endgame; and at Yale Rep, where he appeared in Prometheus Bound, Happy End, Life is a Dream and probably some other productions. He played Caliban at Stratford, Connecticut, in 1972. He toured as Van Helsing in the Dennis Rosa-Edward Gorey Dracula. He played Panisse in Fanny at Paper Mill in 1986. He played Molokov in the 1990 Des McAnuff-directed tour of Chess, and later that year he played Maraczek in She Loves Me at the Berkshire Theatre Festival with a rather neat cast: Robert Westenberg (Georg), Carolee Carmello (Amalia,) Linda Hart (Ilona), David Staller (Kodaly), Merwin Goldsmith (Sipos), Marc Heller (Arpad), and Tony Azito (Headwaiter). His early credits in London, before he came to the U.S., included Appopolous in the first London production of Wonderful Town.

If I can trust what is on imdb, he escaped from Germany in a kindertransport to England, and then he went to Ireland. In 1991, he moved to Vienna, where he worked with George Tabori for nine years, before retiring and returning to his home city, Berlin.

It’s perhaps a bit sad that with such a wide-ranging theatre career, he is probably best remembered as Rudolph in the film version of Hello, Dolly! but there are worse things.

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