The Chicago theatre community suffered a shocking loss as two well-known local actors suddenly passed away this weekend.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Molly Glynn, age 46, was killed by a falling tree as she was riding her bike on September 5. Bernie Yvon, age 50, died in a car crash on his way to rehearsal on Saturday morning for Theatre at the Center’s production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in Munster, Indiana.
Theatre at the Center’s artistic director William Pullinsi says, “We are are all in shock and denial… We did all kinds of shows together. He had so many friends in the business.”
Both actors will be deeply missed by the Chicago theatre community, and the theatre community across the world shares their grief. Read the full article here.
Molly Glynn appeared in numerous Chicago productions, including the recent Tom Jones, The Game’s Afoot, The Odd Couple, Love and Drowning, Short Shakes! The Taming of the Shrew (Kate), Permanent Collection, The Uneasy Chair, Heritage, Strictly Dishonorable. She not only appeared regularly on the regional stage, but she also had many screen credits, including a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Fire, as well as appearances on Early Edition (Mrs. O’Leary), No Sleep ’til Madison (Loretta), In America (Sarah Mateo), and more.
Bernie Yvon was a triple-threat who in recent years had appeared in numerous Chicago productions, including the world premiere of The Beverly Hillbillies, the Musical at Theatre at the Center, Marriott Theatre’s recent productions of Cabaret and Mary Poppins (as Bert), as well as appearing as Harry Houdini in Ragtime on Broadway and in the first National Tour. He also toured as Max in Cabaret, Jason Green/Leatherman in The Producers, and understudied the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He also received multiple local award nominations in Chicago. Other regional credits included The Music Man (Harold Hill), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence), I Do! I Do! (Michael), The Goodbye Girl (Elliot), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Seussical (Horton), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hysterium), and Singin’ in the Rain (Don Lockwood).