Actor George Furth, who gained notably more fame as a Broadway playwright, has passed away at the age of 75. He died in a Santa Monica hospital according to his agent Dennis Aspland.
Furth began his career as an actor, appearing on Broadway in such short-lived productions as 1961′s “A Cook for Mr. General” and the Judy Holliday musical “Hot Spot” in 1963.
As a playwright, Furth had several solo Broadway productions, most notably “Twigs” (1971), a comedy which won its star, Sada Thompson, a best-actress Tony. Directed by Michael Bennett, it told the story of four women, all members of the same family and all played by Thompson.
Among Furth’s other Broadway efforts were the book for the John Kander-Fred Ebb musical “The Act” starring Liza Minnelli (1977) and two other plays, “The Supporting Cast” (1981) and “Precious Sons” (1986).
Furth also acted in movies including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Myra Breckenridge,” “Airport ’77″ and “Shampoo,” as well as countless TV comedies.
Furth was best known for the ‘Company’ and his role as Woodcock in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.