William Frankfather, '66, '68, a renowned actor, director and producer, died at University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center Dec. 28, 1998, from complications of liver disease. He was 54. Frankfather received his bachelor's and master's degrees, both in English literature, from NMSU. He received a master of fine arts degree in acting from Stanford University. He performed on many theater stages, including on Broadway in the original cast of Children of a Lesser God. He was a 25-year member of Theatre 40, a professional theater company in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was artistic director of Theatre 40 for five years up to June 1998. NMSU professor emeritus Mark Medoff, author of Children of a Lesser
God, said his long-time friend "never missed a line, an entrance [or] a cue" in the play's first 300 performances in New York City.
Frankfather received six DramaLogue awards for acting and producing and, as artistic director of Theatre 40, produced works by distinguished playwrights such as Medoff and Sam Shepard. His feature film credits include Mouse Hunt, Foul Play, The Rocketeer and Death Becomes Her, and his television credits include Melrose Place, The Practice, NYPD Blue and Star Trek: Deep Space 9.
Frankfather is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and his son, Richard.
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