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RICHARD RUSSELL RAMOS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/24/1980 - HFSID 300758

RICHARD RUSSELL RAMOS Typed letter to Theatre World editor John Willis, explaining that he will henceforth employ the professional name of Richard Russell Ramos to avoid confusion with another actor Typed Letter signed: "Richard Ramos", 1 page, 8½x11 Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1980 April 24.

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RICHARD RUSSELL RAMOS
Typed letter to Theatre World editor John Willis, explaining that he will henceforth employ the professional name of Richard Russell Ramos to avoid confusion with another actor
Typed Letter signed: "Richard Ramos", 1 page, 8½x11 Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1980 April 24. On letterhead of the Guthrie Theater to Mr. John Willis, Editor, Theatre World, New York, N. Y. In full: "My biography appeared in your 1968-69, 1971-72 and 1974-75 editions under the name Richard Ramos. Due to a nominal similarity in Screen Actors Guild, I have adopted Richard Russell Ramos as my professional name for all 4-A jurisdictions since 1976. I offer this information so that you may consolidate your files should the two names be separate. I am also enclosing a recent picture. [Item not included.] Yours truly". Character actor Richard Russell Ramos (1941-2006) was successful in changing his professional name and merging the credits. After billing as Richard Ramos in Klute and on several TV episodes (That Girl, Barney Miller, M*A*S*H), he appeared as Richard Russell Ramos in such movies as Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). His last screen credit was his third appearance on Law & Order (2001). Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tonyfor Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Fine condition.

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