Kevin Gray (actor)

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Kevin Gray (February 25, 1958 – February 11, 2013) was an American actor who worked primarily in musical theater.

Gray, a graduate of Duke University,[1] played Kayama in the 1985 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures.[2] He was the youngest actor to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and in the U.S. national tour,[1] and received The Carbonell Award for his portrayal.[1]

Gray played the King of Siam in the 1996 Broadway revival of The King and I,[2][3] and in the UK touring production. He played Pontius Pilate in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and Gaylord Ravenal in Harold Prince's production of Show Boat.[1] He also performed in productions of the Portland Stage Company, Boston Shakespeare Company, Stonington Shakespeare Company, The MUNY, and The Mount Gretna Playhouse.[3]

He received the Dora Mavor Moore Award for his role as The Engineer in the Toronto production of Miss Saigon and the Drama-Logue Award for his same portrayal in the Los Angeles production.[2]

Gray's television roles include the daytime dramas Ryan's Hope and Guiding Light and the prime-time series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Miami Vice and The Equalizer. He co-starred in the film White Hot.[1]

Gray was a professor at Rollins College until 2011, when he went to the University of Hartford's Hartt School.[4] At Rollins he taught Meisner Technique Acting for Musical Theatre. He served as Associate Professor of Theatre at the Hartt School.[1]

Gray was married to Dodie Pettit, whom he met while acting in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.[2] Gray and his wife performed together on two recordings: Voices of Broadway, a joint venture with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Songs from the Journey.[1]

Gray died suddenly of a heart attack on February 11, 2013, aged 55, and is survived by his wife Dodie Pettit.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kevin Gray's biography on The Hartt School site. Retrieved 2/12/2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Broadway's Kevin Gray dies at 55; Starred in Phantom, The Lion King, Showboat, Spider Woman & More. Broadway World: Retrieved 2/12/2013.
  3. ^ a b Simonson, Robert. (2013, February 12). "Kevin Gray, Broadway Musical Performer, Is Dead At 55." Playbill. Retrieved 2/12/2013.
  4. ^ a b Palm, Matthew J. (2013, February 12). Broadway actor, Rollins professor Kevin Gray dies. The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2/12/2013.

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