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Hugh Hurd, 70, a stage and screen...


Hugh Hurd, 70, a stage and screen actor who was active in the civil rights movement, died Saturday in New York. The cause was complications from hypertension and kidney failure, his family said.

He joined with Godfrey Cambridge and Maya Angelou in organizing one of the first benefits in New York for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., an occasion memorialized in Ms. Angelou's book "The Heart of a Woman." The benefit in the late 1950s raised $9,000 for Dr. King's civil rights movement.

With Mr. Cambridge, Mr. Hurd founded and led a Committee for the Employment of Negro Performers in 1962. Their efforts prompted Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. of Harlem to hold hearings on racial bias in the entertainment industry.

Mr. Hurd won praise in 1960 as the male lead in John Cassavetes' improvisational film "Shadows," which the director shot without written dialogue. The actor last appeared on film in 1994 in a French documentary about Mr. Cassavetes.

Alan D. Marks, 46, an American pianist living in Germany, died July 12 of cancer at his home in Berlin. He made his debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1971 while a student at the Juilliard School in New York. A student of Leon Fleisher and Benjamin Kaplan, he performed as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Japan and Israel.

Dr. Louis C. Abelson, 83, who started the JFK Medical Office in what became Kennedy International airport, died Tuesday in Far Rockaway, Queens. The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. With his partner, Dr. Leon D. Star, Dr. Abelson developed a mobile emergency hospital to go to the scene of accidents.

Murray Riese, 73, who with his brother built a luncheonette into a Manhattan restaurant and real-estate empire, died of cancer Tuesday. At the time of his death, he was chairman of the Riese organization, which operates nearly 200 restaurants in New York, including national franchises such as Dunkin' Donuts and T.G.I. Friday's.

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