Jeffrey Mylett

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Jeffrey Mylett
Born (1949-06-08)June 8, 1949
North Canton, Ohio
Died May 7, 1986(1986-05-07) (aged 36)
Los Angeles, California

Jeffrey Mylett (June 8, 1949 – May 7, 1986) was an American actor and songwriter, best known for his roles in the stage and film productions of Godspell.

Theater & Stage Career[edit]

He appeared in the original off-Broadway production of Godspell. During its initial two-week run at La MaMa in New York City, the show featured songs by cast members, including two by Mylett. When a team of producers interested in presenting the show in an open-ended commercial transfer brought in songwriter Stephen Schwartz to compose a new score, all the original songs (including Mylett's) were replaced, except for "By My Side" by Jay Hamburger and Peggy Gordon.[1]

He also appeared in the off-Broadway musical Thoughts (1973), written by Godspell castmate Lamar Alford, and the Broadway musical The Magic Show (1974), in which he was Doug Henning's standby and also played the role during Henning's vacations. During his scheduled appearances in the show, the character's name was changed from "Doug" to "Jeff."

In early 1977, he participated in the workshop in which the musical Working was created, but when the show premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later played on Broadway, the roles he developed in the workshop were performed by Joe Mantegna.

Film & Television[edit]

He recreated his stage role in the film version of Godspell (1973), and also appeared in the films Money Talks (1972), Brewster's Millions (1985) and My Man Adam (1985). He hosted The Rock 'n' Fun Magic Show, a 1975 television special featuring music, magic and comedy, with appearances by Doug Henning, Bill Cosby and the Hudson Brothers.[2][3] An anticipated series following this special never materialized.

Personal life[edit]

Born in North Canton, Ohio, he attended Hoover High School there, and studied theater at Carnegie Mellon University.

He was devoted to spiritual teacher Meher Baba.[4] In The God-Man, a documentary concerning Meher Baba produced for Australian television in 1976, he is interviewed and performs his song "House of the Lord."


He died in Los Angeles as a result of complications arising from HIV/AIDS in 1986.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Godspell#Background
  2. ^ The Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, Montana, October 10, 1975, p. 2
  3. ^ The Times-Reporter, Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio, November 7, 1975, p. D-3
  4. ^ "Remembrances". Retrieved 2012-06-15. 

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