Broadway director and actor Arthur Storch has died at the age of 87.
The youngest of three brothers, Storch was born in Brooklyn on June 29, 1925 to Sam Storch, a baker, and his wife, Bessie. He went on to attend Thomas Jefferson High School, enlist in the army during World War II, and receive a bachelor's degree from the New School for Social Research. After graduating, Storch went on to study drama at the Actors Studio.
He began his Broadway career as an actor in Calder Willingham's End as a Man in 1953, and also appeared on the Great White Way in such shows as Look Homeward Angel, The Long Dream, and The Best Man.
Storch began his directing career in 1961 with a production of Two by Saroyan in East End, New York. He went on to make his Broadway directorial debut with 1964's The Owl and the Pussycat, starring Alan Alda and Diana Sands. Among the many other Broadway productions helmed by Storch were The Impossible Years, Golden Rainbow, Tribute, and Twice Around the Park. His Off-Broadway directorial credits include Clarence and Of Mice and Men.
In 1974, Storch took on the role of leader of the undergraduate theater program at Syracuse University and founded Syracuse Stage, which became a respected regional theater. After his 18-year tenure at Syracuse, Storch worked as artistic director at the Berkshire Theater Festival from 1994 to 1997.
He is survived by three children, Max Strorch, Bess Storch, and Alexander Storch.
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