Kevin Geer was an American actor who appeared in many Broadway and off-Broadway plays, as well as TV shows and movies. He was best known for his roles in Side Man, Twelve Angry Men, and The Contender. He died of a heart attack at his Manhattan home on January 25, 2017, at the age of 64, according to his family and friends.
Geer’s Career and Achievements
Geer was born on November 7, 1952, in Reno, Nevada, and grew up in Los Angeles, California. He started acting in high school and college, and moved to New York in the late 1970s to pursue his career. He made his Broadway debut in 1988, in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Aidan Quinn and Blythe Danner. He also understudied in a revival of The Rose Tattoo, starring Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony LaPaglia, in 1995.
Geer’s breakthrough role was in Side Man, a play by Warren Leight, which premiered off-Broadway in 1998 and transferred to Broadway later that year. Geer played Jonesy, a trumpet player and a friend of the protagonist, Gene, a jazz musician. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play, and Geer received rave reviews for his performance. He also reprised his role in the West End production of the play in 2000.
Geer’s other Broadway credits include Twelve Angry Men, a 2004 revival of the classic courtroom drama, in which he played Juror #2, and A Few Good Men, a 1989 production of the military thriller, in which he played Lt. Jack Ross. He also appeared in many off-Broadway plays, such as The Lady and the Clarinet, Found a Peanut, The Foreigner, On the Bum, The Preservation Society, Jayson With a Y, Unconditional, and Medieval Play.
Geer also had a successful career in TV and film. He appeared in many popular shows, such as MAS*H, The Waltons, The Equalizer, MacGyver, China Beach, Law & Order, Homicide, Oz, and New York Undercover. He also starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie adaptation of Sweet Bird of Youth, in which he played Tom Junior. His film credits include A Force of One, The Pelican Brief, The Contender, American Gangster, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and Bunker Hill.
Geer was praised for his versatility and charisma, as well as his distinctive voice and accent. He was able to play a wide range of characters, from comedic to dramatic, and from sympathetic to villainous. He was also known for his professionalism and dedication to his craft. He received the 2017 Obie Award for Outstanding Performance in memoriam of his sustained excellence in the theatre.
Geer’s Death and Legacy
Geer died of a heart attack at his home in Manhattan on January 25, 2017, according to his family and friends. He was 64 years old. He is survived by his mother, Claire, his sister, Susan, his brother, Brian, and his niece and nephew, Katie and Kevin. He was also close to his former wife, actress Ellen Dolan, and their daughter, Angela.
Geer’s death was a shock and a loss for the theatre and entertainment community, as well as his fans and admirers. He was widely mourned and remembered as one of the finest and most beloved actors of his generation. He was also honored by his colleagues and peers, who shared their memories and tributes to him on social media and in interviews. His former co-star and friend, Frank Wood, said that Geer was “a great actor, a great friend, and a great man”.
Geer’s legacy lives on through his work and his performances, which showcase his talent and his passion for acting. He also inspired and influenced many other actors and artists, who looked up to him and learned from him. He was a man who loved and lived for the theatre, and who left a lasting mark on the stage and screen.