Péter Halász (actor)

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Péter Halász
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Born(1943-08-20)August 20, 1943
Budapest, Hungary
DiedMarch 9, 2006(2006-03-09) (aged 62)
OccupationActor and director
Years activeCirca 1965–2006
Known forSquat Theatre co-founder, actor. Theatre actor, director. Movie actor

Péter Halász (August 20, 1943 in Budapest – March 9, 2006 in New York City) was a Hungarian actor, director and playwright. In 1993 he won the Hungarian Film Critics Awards for Best Actor.[1] He founded several theater companies in Budapest and New York City including the Kassák Haz Studió, the "appartement theatre", Squat Theatre, Love Theatre and Varosi Szinhaz.[1] As a film actor he appeared Fat Man and Little Boy (1989), Sunshine (1999 film) (1999), and The Breed, among others. In February, 2006 his terminal liver cancer led to his final performance: lying in an open coffin in a Budapest art museum.[2][3] He died a month after at the age of 62. He had four children: Judith Halasz, Cora Fisher, Gabor Halasz, and David Halasz.


  • 1972 The Puppet Theatre of Péter Halász[4]
  • 1975 Guido and Tyrius, a play by Eva Buchmuller and Péter Halász.[5]
  • 1975-79 Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov[6][7][8]
  • 1977 Pig, Child, Fire!, a play in five parts. The first, a drama based on the confessions of Nikolai Stavrogin in Dostoyevsky's Demons. The second is inspired by 1940s American Gangster films. The third is a comic act.[9]
  • 1978 Andy Warhol's Last Love, Ulrike Meinhof meets Andy Warhol in 3 acts: Aliens on the Second Floor, An Imperial Message and Interview With the Dead. [10][11]
  • 1981 Mr. Dead & Mrs. Free, film and live show in a storefront, 1981.[12]
  • 1981 The Battle of Sirolo. Open air version of Mr. Dead & Mrs. Free. Premiere at Polverigi Festival (Inteatro Festival, Polverigi.
  • 1982 The Golden Age of Squat Theatre. A retrospective of three Squat Theatre plays : Pig, Child, Fire!, Andy Warhol's Last Love and Mr. Dead & Mrs. Free.
  • 1987 Ambition. by Péter Halász.[13][2]



1.^ The name Squat-Love Theater as it appears in Mel Gussow's October 4, 1987 New York Times article, "Theater: 'Ambition, By Halasz," was legally contested as breach of copyright by Squat Theatre. The name of Halász theatre was changed to Love Theatre.


  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang. "Where The Walls Still Talk". The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2006.
  2. ^ Halász Péter ravatalozása a Műcsarnokban
  3. ^ BBC News
  4. ^ Buchmuller, Koós. Squat Theatre. Artist Space, 1996, p.8.
  5. ^ Buchmuller, Koós. Squat Theatre. Artist Space, 1996, p.28-29.
  6. ^ Stirritt, David (December 3, 1980). "Three sisters Play by Anton Chekhov. Produced and performed by Squat Theater". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Rich, Frank. "SQUAT'S 'THREE SISTERS'". Squat Theatre. The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Buchmuller, Koós. Squat Theatre. Artist Space, 1996, p.40-41.
  9. ^ "Stage: Squat Abuses West 23rd Street". The New York Times. November 17, 1977. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Squat Theatre and Crisis". Conditions of Poetic Production and Reception. 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Shank, Theodore (1978). "Squat Theatre". Performing Arts Journal. 3 (2). pp. 61–69. JSTOR 3245202.
  12. ^ BROMBERG, CRAIG (May 4, 1986). "Squat Theatre--hungarians Take A Stance On America". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Gussow, Mel (October 4, 1987). "Theater: 'Ambition,' By Halasz". The New York Times. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Pig, Child, Fire!". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  15. ^ "Andy Warhol's Last Love". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  16. ^ "Mr. Dead & Mrs. Free". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  17. ^ "Tscherwonez". Retrieved August 10, 2018.

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