James ORear, 1914-2000
A memorial service for actor James ORear will be held on Saturday, July 1, at 1 p.m. at Theater West, where he was a longtime member. ORear was 86 and an active member in the theaters Musical Comedy Workshop up to the week before he died, on June 14. In addition to attending NYCs Neighborhood Playhouse from 1935 to 1937, ORear was a member of the Group Theater, appearing in productions such as My Hearts in the Highlands and replacing Elia Kazan as Eddie Fuseli in Golden Boy. He also participated in Orson Welles Mercury Theater. Jimmys performance in and knowledge of the American musical theater was astounding, says friend Betty Garrett. He was a walking encyclopedia. Theater West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West. Donations to Theater West will be welcome in lieu of flowers.
Get the Weekly Newsletter
Our weekly feature stories, movie reviews, calendar picks and more - minus the newsprint and sent directly to your inbox.