Gary Beach, the Broadway actor who created the Lumiere's role in Disney Channel's Beauty and The Beast and won a Tony Award for his appearance as director Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks’ 1967 movie The Producers, has died at the age of 17.
His death was announced by his agent Steven Unger who said that the veteran actor died on Tuesday, July 17 in Palm Springs. As for the cause of death, it is yet to be revealed.
In a statement, The Baruch Frankel Routh Viertel Group, the producers of "The Producers" honored Gary as "an actor of consummate skill and artistry, was a glorious human being; a gifted, generous and incredibly funny actor whose presence in a rehearsal room or on the stage lifted everyone's spirit and inspired them to be the best they could be."
His joyous, Tony Award winning performance as Roger DeBris will remain forever in our minds and hearts as the personification of the joyous spirit of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. We, along with all who knew him, are devastated by his passing and will remember him always.
Born on 10 October 1947, in Alexandria, Virginia, Gary was a gay, who had been married to husband Jeff Barnett who is the only survival of the late actor.
He did over 1,000 performances in New York and over 800 performances in 1776, which got him to Broadway.
Gary appeared extensively in regional productions and Broadway tours. He also played the role of King Arthur in a tour of “Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’” in 2008.
Rest In Peace Gary!