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Anthony Holland (March 3, 1928 – July 9, 1988) was an American actor, best known for his comic performances in theatre, film and television.

Anthony Holland
Born(1928-03-03)March 3, 1928
DiedJuly 9, 1988(1988-07-09) (aged 60)
Cause of deathsuicide
Years active1964-1988

Holland graduated from the University of Chicago and studied acting with Lee Strasberg during the 1960s. He was one of the original members of The Second City improvisational comedy group.[1]

In 1987, he appeared in Martha Clarke's adaptation of several stories by Franz Kafka, The Hunger Artist, for which he received praised from The New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich.[2]

His film appearances included the 1979 Bob Fosse film All That Jazz, the original 1970 version of the Neil Simon-penned The Out-of-Towners, Sidney Lumet's Bye Bye Braverman, Alan J. Pakula's Klute and Paul Mazursky's 1982 film Tempest. He also appeared in television series including Combat!, Columbo, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues and Cagney and Lacey. In 1973 he starred opposite Bernadette Peters and Carl Ballantine in the ABC musical comedy special Break Up.[1]

Holland committed suicide in 1988. He had been ill with HIV/AIDS.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Yarrow, Andrew (July 12, 1988). "Anthony Holland Is Dead at 60; Actor, Ill With AIDS, Is a Suicide". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Rich, Frank (February 27, 1987). "Stage: 'Hunger Artist', Kafka In Life And Work". The New York Times.

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