John McMartin was a distinguished American stage actor. He also exhibited his talent in acting in films and television. He was born in Indiana but grew up in Minnesota. He had his first stage performance in 1959 with 'Little Mary Sunshine'. Two years later, John had an opportunity to appear on Broadway. He played the role of Forrest Noble in 'The Conquering Hero'. From that day on, his career progressed until he became one of the most beloved actors on Broadway.
On July 6, 2016, John McMartin died of cancer in Manhattan. Because of his huge contribution on Broadway, the community is mourning his passing. To honor his memory, all Broadway theatres will dim their lights on July 13 at 7:45 p.m. The dimming of lights will run for one minute.
Charlotte St. Martin, the Broadway League's president, says John McMartin was a well-loved Broadway actor. He has played unforgettable roles in classic shows and he had dedicated six decades to acting. St. Martin expressed sympathy to his family and friends, as well as to his co-workers and fellow actors.
John McMartin's exceptional love for his career brought him a number of prestigious nominations, which include five Tony Awards for his performance in 'Sweet Charity', 'Don Juan', 'Show Boat', 'High Society' and 'Into the Woods'. Among his remarkable TV performances, he was seen on "The Golden Girls', 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt', and 'Murder, She Wrote'. He also played important roles in the films 'All the President's Men', 'Blow Out', 'Kinsey' and 'Sweet Charity'.