Mark Medoff, American playwright, Died at 79

Mark Medoff was born on March 18, 1940, and died on April 23, 2019; he was an American playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor.

He played for, Children of a Lesser God received both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award.

Mark was, nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Award for the film script of Children of a Lesser God and a Cable ACE Award for his HBO Premiere movie, Apology.

He also earned an Obie Award for his play When are You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? Medoff’s feature film Refuge was, released in 2010.

When are You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? was adjusted into a film with a screenplay by Medoff in 1979.

Medoff was married to second wife Stephanie Thorne from 1972 until his death in 2019; they had three daughters.

In April 2019, Mark started hospice care after battling cancer in his later years and suffering a fall. He passed away on April 23, 2019, from complications at age 79.