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A. Larry Haines

( b. Aug 03, 1918 Mount Vernon, New York, USA - d. Jul 17, 2008 Delray Beach, California, USA ) Male

Larry Haines was a stage and television actor who gave a Tony Award-nominated performance as the humane Dr. Dreyfuss in Promises, Promises, a 1968 musical version of the Billy Wilder film "The Apartment."

As Dr. Dreyfuss, the neighbor of the show's main character, corporate pawn Chuck Baxter -- who lends out his apartment to his superiors for romantic trysts in hope of advancing his position -- Mr. Haines sang "A Young Pretty Girl Like You" with the show's star, Jerry Orbach. Clive Barnes, in The New York Times, called his performance "beautifully judged." The Burt Bacharach-Hal David show ran for more than three years. Mr. Haines was also Tony-nominated for his Broadway outing just previous to Promises, Promises, a 1965 William Goodhart comedy called Generation, which was directed by Gene Saks and starred Henry Fonda.

Larry Haines, who went by the stage name A. Larry Haines early in his career, debuted on Broadway in 1962 in Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns as the brother of fun-loving iconoclast Murray Burns, played by Jason Robards. In the 1970s he replaced James Coco as Barney Cushman in Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers, played in the "Dorothy" section of Twigs, a collection of one-acts by George Furth, and acted opposite Jack Lemmon (who played the original Baxter in the film "The Apartment") in 1979's Tribute -- Mr. Haines's last Broadway credit.

Regionally, he appeared in God's Favorite at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida and in Paris Is Out with Molly Picon at the Philadelphia Playhouse in the Park. He brought in a steady income for 35 years playing the part of Stu Bergman on the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow." The actor joined the show two months after it premiered in 1951. He won two Emmys as Best Actor on a Daytime Series, and had a dedicated fan in First Lady Pat Nixon, who called him her favorite soap actor.

He first became known in the 1930s as a radio actor on the crime series "Gangbusters." He also appeared in shows like "Suspense," the "Shadow," "Inner Sanctum Mysteries" and "X Minus One," and starred in a short-lived series of 1953, "That Hammer Guy," in which he played Mike Hammer, the character created by Mickey Spillane. He never left radio, even as the medium faded as a dramatic forum. Between 1974 and 1982, he appeared in 82 episodes of the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater."


ProductionsDate of Productions
[Play, Original]
  • Also Starring: A. Larry Haines [Lou Daniels]
Jun 01, 1978 - Dec 02, 1978
No Hard Feelings
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: A. Larry Haines [Alex Springer]
Apr 08, 1973 - Apr 08, 1973
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Performer: A. Larry Haines [Lou]
Nov 14, 1971 - Jul 23, 1972
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: A. Larry Haines
      Barney Cashman - Replacement
Dec 28, 1969 - Sep 04, 1971
Promises, Promises
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: A. Larry Haines [Dr. Dreyfuss]
Dec 01, 1968 - Jan 01, 1972
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: A. Larry Haines [Stan Herman]
Oct 06, 1965 - Jun 25, 1966
A Thousand Clowns
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: A. Larry Haines [Arnold Burns]
Apr 05, 1962 - Apr 13, 1963
1969 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Promises, Promises [nominee]
Also Starring: A. Larry Haines
1966 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Play
Generation [nominee]
Also Starring: A. Larry Haines
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