Monday, March 29, 2004

Peter Ustinov

From the New York Times:

Peter Ustinov, the hair-trigger wit with the avuncular charm whose 60-year-career amounted to a revovling series of star turns as actor, playwright, novelist, director and raconteur, died Sunday at a clinic near his home in Bursins, Switzerland. He was 82.

I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Ustinov in King Lear at The Stratford Festival of Canada many years ago. He was brilliant; I’d put his performance up against any I’ve seen with the possbile exception of the current production in New York starring Christopher Plummer – a production that got its start at Stratford in 2002. We’ve lost a great and multifaceted light in the theatre world.