Howard Witt

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Howard Witt
Born (1932-01-17)January 17, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died June 21, 2017(2017-06-21) (aged 85)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–2017
Children Robin Witt

Howard Witt (January 17, 1932 – June 21, 2017) was an American character actor and Chicago native who began his acting career in the Goodman Theatre.


After divorcing his wife in mid-1970s, Witt moved to Hollywood. He had appeared as a guest star in many television series including Kojak, The Bob Newhart Show, Rhoda, The Rockford Files, Eight Is Enough, WKRP in Cincinnati, Alice, Archie Bunker's Place, Hill Street Blues, Taxi, Remington Steele, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Knots Landing, The Golden Girls, and Law & Order.[1]

He also appeared in a few made for telefilms including Disney's Mr. Boogedy (as William Hanover/title character) and it sequel Bride of Boogedy in the late 1980s.

He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1999 for his portrayal of Charley in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.[2][3] Witt is an alumnus at DePaul University's Theatre School.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He was the father of Chicago director Robin Witt, who is an associate professor of directing at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. [2] He divorced his wife in the mid-1970s.[1]

Health and death[edit]

Witt had a heart attack in 2002 while he was playing the part of Kit Carson in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of The Time of Your Life. He died in Chicago on June 21, 2017 of natural causes at the age of 85.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Beloved Chicago actor and Tony nominee Howard Witt, has died". Chicago Sun-Times. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Page Leggett (29 September 2015). "UNCC theater instructor has made a name for herself in Chicago". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Michael Phillips (21 September 2002). "Actor Witt is hospitalized". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
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