WILLIAM HUTT, 87 Canadian actor
William Hutt, widely regarded as one of Canada's finest classical actors and a company member at the Stratford Festival for almost four decades, died Wednesday of leukemia at Stratford General Hospital, the Festival announced.
At the Stratford Festival, where he was a founding member, Mr. Hutt was involved in 130 productions as either an actor or director.
Among his more memorable performances were the title characters in King Lear, Volpone, Tartuffe, Richard II and Titus Andronicus, as well as such diverse roles as Prospero in The Tempest, James Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons.
With his rumbling voice and his lion-in-winter mane of white hair, Mr. Hutt commanded the stage well into his 80s, winning praise for his last turn onstage at Stratford as Prospero in 2005.
Born in Toronto, Mr. Hutt served in World War II, returning home where he attended the University of Toronto.