Two Chicago actors die in separate tragic accidents

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The close-knit Chicago theater community suffered a pair of losses Saturday when two of its stars, the actors Bernie Yvon and Molly Glynn, were killed in accidents.

Glynn, a luminous 46-year-old stage actress, died after a tree fell on her. At the time, Ms. Glynn was bicycling when a storm developed on Friday afternoon.

Yvon, a 50-year-old star of countless musicals in Chicago and the suburbs was killed Saturday morning on his way to a rehearsal at the Theatre at the Center in Munster, Ind., where he was appearing in a musical, "Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," which had been scheduled to open next week.

"We are all in shock and denial," said William Pullinsi, the veteran artistic director of the theater. "We did all kinds of shows together. He had so many friends in the business."

Yvon died in a car crash a little after 11 a.m., at Calumet Avenue and Broadmoor Street in Munster, according to the Lake County, Ind., coroner’s office Saturday afternoon.

Glynn was known for her intellect, good looks, honesty and feisty personality.

Yvon, a classic, twinkle-eyed song-and-dance-man in the old tradition, was known for his charm, warmth, bonhomie and formidable chops on a stage.

Both were fixtures on Chicago stages big and small. Their deaths cast a pall Saturday everywhere from the Goodman Theatre downtown to the Marriott Theatre in suburban Lincolnshire.

Although the actor community in Chicago is large and deaths are as part of its natural rhythms as new arrivals on the city's stages, Saturday was especially overwhelming because the actors were in the middle of their careers and were especially respected by their peers.

Moreover, the accidents happened less than two days after the news that the WGN personality Roy Leonard, a lover of Chicago theater, had died.

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