Russell Nype

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Russell Nype
Russell Harold Nype

(1920-04-26)April 26, 1920
DiedMay 27, 2018(2018-05-27) (aged 98)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1949–1991
Spouse(s)Diantha Lawrence

Russell Harold Nype (April 26, 1920 – May 27, 2018)[1] was an American actor and singer.

Early years[edit]

Born in Zion, Illinois, Nype majored in speech and English at Lake Forest College,[2] earning a bachelor's degree.[3] In World War II, he served in the Army.[1]


After teaching ballroom dance and singing in nightculbs,[1] Nype made his Broadway debut in Marc Blitzstein's opera Regina in 1949. The following year he won critical acclaim and both the Tony and Theatre World Awards for his performance opposite Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam.[4] The two were reunited in 1970 when, late in the run of the original production of Hello, Dolly!, Merman joined the show in the title role and Nype was cast as Cornelius Hackl. Nype later appeared in revivals of Carousel, Brigadoon, and Morning's at Seven, and opposite Elaine Stritch in the short-lived musical Goldilocks, for which he won his second Tony.[5]

Nype's feature film credits include Love Story (1970), Can't Stop the Music (1980) and The Stuff (1985). On television he appeared in Studio One, Fantasy Island, One Day at a Time, The Cosby Show, Murder, She Wrote, Who's the Boss?, and productions of One Touch of Venus, Kiss Me, Kate and Morning's at Seven.[6][unreliable source?]

Personal life[edit]

Nype married Diantha Lawrence in 1953,[1]


Nype died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 27, 2018 at the age of 98.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Love Story Dean Thompson
1980 Can't Stop the Music Richard Montgomery
1983 Balboa Senator Highsmith
1985 The Stuff Richards



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  2. ^ Barnard, Ken (January 23, 1966). "Nype's Fine Duet With Miss Kitt". Detroit Free Press. Michigan, Detroit. p. 23. Retrieved 25 June 2019 – via
  3. ^ Barnes, Mike (June 4, 2018). "Russell Nype, Two-Time Tony Winner and Star of 'Call Me Madam,' Dies at 98". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 9 August 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Russell Nype moves up ladder". The Pittsburgh Press. June 2, 1968. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Russell Nype at the Internet Broadway Database
  6. ^ Russell Nype on IMDb
  7. ^ "Russell Nype, Two-Time Tony-Winning Actor, Dies at 98". The New York Times. June 4, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "("Russell Nype" search results)". Tony Awards. Tony Award Productions. Archived from the original on 9 August 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Archived from the original on 9 August 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.