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British Actor Corin Redgrave Dies at 70


Corin Redgrave, Tony-nominated actor, died today at St. George's Hospital in London.  Redgrave, who was previously treated for heart problems and prostate cancer, was 70 years old.

A member of the prominant British acting family, Redgrave's siblings Vanessa and Lynn have also led successful careers in theatre, as well as his niece, the late Natasha Richardson. He made his Broadway debut in 1963 in Chips With Everything, but is perhaps best known for his role in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

 In 1999, Redgrave was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in Not About Nightengales.  He won an Olivier Award for the same role in the Tennessee Williams play in 1998. His other theater credits include the Off-Broadway production of The General from America in which he played Benedict Arnold.

Redgrave also appeared in Shakespearean plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV, Part 1, and The Tempest. He gained the approval of critics in the works of Noel Coward, notably a highly successful revival of A Song At Twilight co-starring his sister Vanessa Redgrave and wife Kika Markham.

Redgrave was also a lifelong activist in left-wing politics. With his elder sister Vanessa, he was a prominent member of the Workers' Revolutionary Party. More recently, he became a defender of the interests of the Romani people.

Redgrave is survived by his four children, Luke, Harvey, Arden and Jemma.

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