Dallas — Larry Randolph, a celebrated actor, director, educator and mentor, died on Aug. 18 after a long illness. He was 77.
Randolph, born Feb. 27, 1937, was the co-founder of One Thirty Productions, which produces a matinee series at the Bath House Cultural Center aimed at senior citizens. For that group, he directed and acted in several shows, including one of his standout roles of recent years, the title character in Lanford Wilson's The Madness of Lady Bright, which One Thirty produced in the 2011 Festival of Independent Theatres and was restaged at Uptown Players' Pride Performing Arts Festival. The performance earned him a Best Actor nod from the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum.
Before that he was actively involved at the Granbury Opera House with his fellow One Thirty producers, Marty Van Kleeck and Gene Ray Price. A former theater professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Randolph has a history of performing and directing around the state and the country, appearing in a number of films and TV shows, including Chaplin, It's in the Water and in John Venable's web series Big Yellow A-Hole (if you click on that link, know that because of language, it's NSFW—but it features performances from many local actors, including Steven Walters and Jeff Swearingen).
He also played the Joe Sears parts in Greater Tuna for One Thirty, roles he had played opposite the play's co-creator Jaston Williams in the 1980s. Randolph was to direct Williams in the play Tru at Theatre Three in 2015. He was last cast in Elaine Liner's Finishing School at One Thirty in February, but was hospitalized before opening night. The role was recast.
A memorial page has been set up on Facebook, where friends are posting memories and well-wishes. His friend Mike Scudday reports that Randolph died surrounded by friends, and was not in pain.
Stay tuned for a larger appreciation on TheaterJones, and we'll update with memorial information as we get it.