Steve Tesich, 53, the playwright and Academy...

Steve Tesich, 53, the playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "Breaking Away," died Monday of a heart attack in Nova Scotia, where he was vacationing with his family.

He won the Oscar in 1979 for "Breaking Away," a story about a group of teen-age "townies" in Bloomington, Ind., and their rivalry with the more privileged college students at nearby Indiana University.


A native of Yugoslavia, Mr. Tesich came to this country when he was 14 and attended Indiana University on a wrestling scholarship.

He moved to New York and his first six plays were produced at the American Place Theater, including "The Carpenters" in 1971.


During the 1980s, he concentrated on movies and many were successful, including "Eyewitness" (1981) and an adaptation of the John Irving novel "The World According to Garp" (1982).

Robert Breuer, 86, a music critic and scholar whose specialty was the works of Richard Strauss, died June 24 at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in Flushing, N.Y.

The Forest Hills, N.Y., resident was a regular contributor to many music anthologies and texts. His work also appeared in such publications as the Saturday Review, Opera News and Musical America.

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Pub Date: 7/03/96