Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier today, seven-time Tony Award nominee and winner for Broadway's THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES Brian Bedford passed away today, January 13. He was 80 years old.

Bedford last starred on Broadway as 'Lady Bracknell' in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST; the role earned him his seventh Tony nomination and sixth Drama Desk Award in 2011.

The classic stage actor made his Broadway debut in 1960's FIVE FINGER EXERCISE. He went on to appear on the Great White Way in THE COCKTAIL PARTY, THE MISANTHROPE, PRIVATE LIVES, THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES (which won him a Tony in 1971), JUMPERS, TWO SHAKESPEAREAN ACTORS, TIMON OF ATHENS, THE MOLIERE COMEDIES, LONDON ASSURANCE, TARTUFFE and more.

The actor spent much of his career onstage and directing for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, having starred in productions of the Bard's RICHARD III, AS YOU LIKE IT, THE WINTER'S TALE, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and KING LEAR. He also helmed Stratford productions of THE LUNATIC, THE LOVER & THE POET, WAITING FOR GODOT, FALLEN ANGELS and more.

Bedford, who appeared in several films and many television series, also voiced the role of 'Robin Hood' in Disney's 1973 animated film. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford attending the 56th Annual Drama Desk Award Nominees Reception at Bombay Palace in New York City on 5/1/2011.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford attending the 56th Annual Drama Desk Award Nominees Reception at Bombay Palace in New York City on 5/1/2011.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Angela Lansbury, Brian Bedford, Annette Bening, .during the Curtain Call for The Actors Fund One Night Only Benefit of ALL ABOUT EVE at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City..November 10, 2008.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Angela Lansbury, Brian Bedford, Annette Bening, Keri Russell, Joel Grey.during the Curtain Call for The Actors Fund One Night Only Benefit of ALL ABOUT EVE at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City..November 10, 2008.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
John Slattery, Angela Lansbury, Brian Bedford, Annette Bening, Keri Russell, Joel Grey & Zoe Caldwell.during the Curtain Call for The Actors Fund One Night Only Benefit of ALL ABOUT EVE at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City..November 10, 2008

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Angela Lansbury, Brian Bedford & Annette Bening.during the Curtain Call for The Actors Fund One Night Only Benefit of ALL ABOUT EVE at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City..November 10, 2008.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Peter Gallagher, Annette Bening & Brian Bedford.attending the After Party at Bond 45 Restaurant for The Actors Fund One Night Only Benefit of ALL ABOUT EVE at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City..November 10, 2008

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford & Joe Mantello attending the 65th Annual Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Reception at the Millennium Hotel in New York City on 3/5/2011

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford attends The 65th Annual Tony Awards in New York City on June 12, 2011.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford attends The 65th Annual Tony Awards in New York City on June 12, 2011.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford.attends the Meet & Greet the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford & Dana Ivey & Paxton Whitehead.attends the Meet & Greet the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford & Dana Ivey & Paxton Whitehead.attends the Meet & Greet the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford.attends the Meet & Greet the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Actor David Furr, actress Charlotte Parry, actor Brian Bedford, actress Sara Topham and actor Santino Fontana.attends the Meet & Greet the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Actor David Furr, actress Charlotte Parry, actor Brian Bedford, actress Sara Topham and actor Santino Fontana.attends the Meet & Greet the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
First Row: actress Charlotte Parry, actor Brian Bedford, actress Dana Ivey, actress Sara Topham, 2nd Row: actor Paul O'Brien, actor David Furr, actress Sandra Shipley, actor Paxton Whitehead, actor Santino Fontana and actor Tim McDonaldattends the Meet & Greet the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford.attends the Meet & Greet the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in New York City.

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