Richard Warren Pugh

Performer

Male

Born: circa. 1951

Died: June 9, 2006
New York, New York, USA

Richard Warren Pugh, an original member of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, died in his sleep June 9, 2006, according to friends and colleagues. The cause of death was complications from diabetes. He was 55.

At the time of his death, Mr. Pugh was still appearing on Broadway in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Harold Prince smash. He had been on a leave of absence, but was scheduled to return to the Majestic Theatre June 12, friends told Playbill.com.

Mr. Pugh's roles in the musical since 1988 included the Auctioneer, understudy for Ubaldo Piangi, Joseph Buquet and Monsieur Firmin.

His Broadway credits included the 1983 revival of Zorba with Anthony Quinn; the 1981 musical Copperfield; playing Dick Van Dyke's sidekick, Marcellus, in the 1980 revival of The Music Man; and serving as an ensemble member in Prince's Sweeney Todd (he also understudied and played The Beadle).

A member of Actors' Equity Association since 1977, Mr. Pugh served as the Union's Second Vice President from 1991 to 2000. He also served as an Eastern Regional Principal Councillor and Eastern Regional Chorus Councillor. Mr. Pugh was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

He sang chorus work for Walt Disney's animated picture, "Pocohontas."

Mr. Pugh is survived by his father Henry Pugh, his sister Jeanine M. Pollack and his nephew, Rhys Pollock.

A funeral Mass was held June 12 at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Lodi, New Jersey.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera
Jan. 26, 1988
Joseph Buquet Performer
(Replacement)
Who's Who
    Monsieur Firmin Understudy
(Replacement)
Who's Who
    Auctioneer Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Ubaldo Piangi Understudy
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Zorba Zorba
Oct. 16, 1983 - Sep. 2, 1984
Italian Admiral Performer
(Original)
 
    Yorgo Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Copperfield Copperfield
Apr. 16, 1981 - Apr. 26, 1981
Ensemble Performer
(Original)
 
    Mr. Dick Understudy
(Original)
 
    Baker Performer
(Original)
 
    Dr. Chilip Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Music Man The Music Man
Jun. 5, 1980 - Jun. 22, 1980
Marcellus Washburn Performer
(Original)
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Playbill Cover - Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd
Mar. 1, 1979 - Jun. 29, 1980
Member of the Company Performer
(Original)
 
    The Beadle Understudy
(Original)
 
 

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