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John Willis

The awards were first given out during the 1945-46 season, making them older than the Tonys. Daniel Blum was the series founder and original editor. The awards honor actors and actresses who are making their New York City stage debut performance, either on Broadway or Off-Broadway. This means the awards can go both to unknowns and to famous film stars who just happen to be doing their first New York stage work.

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  • Born: Oct 16, 1916 in Morristown, TN
  • Death: Jun 24, 2010 in New York, NY


Drama Desk Award
1994 Special Award Winner

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