Lloyd Richards

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Birthday
29, 1919
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Jun 29, 2006 (87)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
29, 1919
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Jun 29, 2006 (87)

About

Remembered for his Tony Award-winning direction of the original Broadway production of Fences, as well as for his Tony-nominated work on The Piano Lesson and A Raisin in the Sun, Richards served as Dean of the Yale University School of Drama and Director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference.

Before Fame

His studies at Wayne University were briefly interrupted by his service in World War II with the United States Army Air Force.

Trivia

He was a 1993 recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the 2002 winner of The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

Family Life

Born in Ontario, Canada, of paternal Jamaican descent, he spent the bulk of his childhood in Detroit, Michigan. His marriage to Barbara Davenport produced sons named Scott and Thomas.

Associated With

Known for championing the work and building the careers of many African-American playwrights, Richards directed the original Broadway production of the August Wilson play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.