George Roy Hill

Director, Performer


Born: December 20, 1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Died: December 27, 2002
New York, New York, USA

George Roy Hill, the Hollywood and Broadway director whose films included "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and whose Broadway career included Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment and the musical, Greenwillow, died Dec. 27, 2002, in Manhattan. Mr. Hill was 81 and died of complications from Parkinson's disease, according to The New York Times.

Although best known for his films "The Sting," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The World According to Garp" and "The Great Waldo Pepper," Mr. Hill's roots were in theatre. His 1960 direction of Williams' play, Period of Adjustment, led him to Hollywood, where he directed the work for film. His Broadway directorial credits also included Look Homeward Angel (1957), a stage version of the Thomas Wolfe novel; the revival, The Gang's All Here (1959); the Frank Loesser musical, Greenwillow (1960); and, later, Henry, Sweet Henry, a 1967 stage musical version of the film he directed, "The World of Henry Orient." He also wrote and directed TV dramas. He directed a film adaptation of Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic (1963), starring Dean Martin, Geraldine Page and Wendy Hiller.

Mr. Hill was born in Minneapolis and would later become a Marine pilot, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He studied at Yale and at Trinity College, Dublin. According to the Times, his theatrical debut as an actor (in a walk-on role) was in The Devil's Disciple at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. He also acted Off-Broadway and toured with Shakespeare productions.

Mr. Hill is survived by two sons, two daughters and 12 grandchildren.



Playbill Cover - Henry, Sweet Henry Henry, Sweet Henry
Oct. 23, 1967 - Dec. 31, 1967
Playbill Cover - Period of Adjustment Period of Adjustment
Nov. 10, 1960 - Mar. 4, 1961
Playbill Cover - Greenwillow Greenwillow
Mar. 8, 1960 - May 28, 1960
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Playbill Cover - The Gang's All Here The Gang's All Here
Oct. 1, 1959 - Jan. 23, 1960
Playbill Cover - Look Homeward, Angel Look Homeward, Angel
Nov. 28, 1957 - Apr. 4, 1959
Playbill Cover - The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the Shrew
Apr. 25, 1951 - May 6, 1951
Hortensio (Suitor to Bianca) Performer
Playbill Cover - King Richard II King Richard II
Jan. 24, 1951 - Feb. 4, 1951
Duke of Aumerle Performer

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Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1958 Direction (pre-1960) Look Homeward, Angel Nominee
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