The Broadway actor was 68 – Deadline


Brent Carver, a stage and film actor who won the 1993 Tony Award for his performance on Broadway The kiss of the spider woman, died Tuesday at his home in Cranbrook, British Columbia, his family reported. He was 68 years old.A cause of death was not specified.

“Our family shares the news of Brent Carver’s death on August 4 at his home in Cranbrook, British Columbia, his birthplace and favorite place on Earth,” read a family statement. “Endowed with many talents and a natural love of the theater, Brent has always been known as a first-rate performer, unique in the presentation of his craft, delighting audiences through performances in film, television, stage and the concert.

Chita Rivera, Carver’s Kiss of the spider woman co-star who also won a Tony that year said today: “My heart is broken over the loss of my great friend and amazing artist, Brent Carver. I will miss him more than I can tell.

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Carver began his stage career in 1972, with a performance in Jacques Brel is alive and well and lives in Paris at the Vancouver Arts Club. He appeared on television four years later with a starring role on the CBC sitcom. Leo and me opposite pre-celebrity Michael J. Fox, though the series didn’t air until 1981.

He pursued a long career in television and film, including films such as 1979 Cross-bar with Kim Cattrall, 1983’s The wars, Years 1989 Millennium and 2003 The eventand television roles, including those of 1997 Directly south, Years 1999 The legend of Sleepy Hollow and 2017 Save me.

1993 Tony-winners: Ron Leibman, Madeline Kahn, Chita Rivera, Brent Carver
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But it was on stage that Carver built what will likely be considered his most enduring legacy, including playing Ariel opposite Anthony Hopkins as Prospero in a 1979 production of Storm at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In 1981 he appeared in a Toronto production of Martin Sherman’s Curve, and in 1993 he starred in his acclaimed, heartbreaking, Tony Award-winning performance as Molina in the musical Kander and Ebb Broadway The kiss of the spider woman. He also played the role in the Toronto and London productions of the musical.

Carver returned to Broadway in 1998, winning Tony Parade at the Lincoln Center Theater, with Leo Frank in the Harold Prince-directed musical about the infamous 1915 Lynching. The performance won Carver’s Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

Subsequent Broadway roles included Edgar in the 2004 Lincoln Center Theater production of King Lear, and as brother Laurence in 2013 Romeo and Juliet, with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad.

Carver has performed at the Stratford Festival in Ontario for nine seasons, most recent in 2017 Twelfth night and The school of scandal.

“We are devastated to learn of the death of Brent Carver,” the Stratford said in a statement. “He was the best of us and represented the best of us. He was singular: an original in every way. And yet his heart was so big that it embraced us all and made us one. Our hearts go out to his family and to all who loved him.


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