Don McKay, a versatile actor, singer and dancer best known for his portrayal of Tony in three early productions of the 1958 London premiere of West Side Story, has died at the age of 93.
His nephew, Sean McKenna, confirmed the actor's death to Playbill, saying that his uncle passed away on Wednesday, January 2, in Manhattan, New York City.
McKay, who made his Broadway debut as a singer in 1951's musical 'Make a Wish', played Tony in the backers' auditions for West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. Cheryl Crawford was the producer at the time.
In a 1969 interview, he said, "Some kids saw the show 60 times. I met the Queen Mother, but I was too young to be very much impressed."
McKay rose to fame after appearing in the 1954 film version of A Star Is Born; he performed "Gotta Have Me Go With You" opposite Judy Garland in the movie’s opening sequence.
Born as Donald Juan Hawkins in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on January 28, 1925, McKay had joined the U.S. Army during World War II. He had served in the 7th Infantry Regiment in Italy and Germany.
Funeral services for the late versatile personality will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Don McKay!
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