Chuck Patterson,actor, director
One of my first fathers in the theater was/is Chuck Patterson, who made his transition to the next world this past Monday. He played my father in a workshop play called, New Orleans, by Toni Morrison, in New York City, between my junior and senior years at NYU. Eight years later he played Jimmy Potter, our manager, in The Five Heartbeats. Chuck was a brilliant man and artist. Thanks for being so caring to me during the days of $190 per week plus train fare. We’ll all miss you much. May you rest in peace. God bless.
Chuck Patterson (Actor) brief bio
(Eli) Broadway: Two Trains Running, Death of a Salesman (with George C. Scott), Gospel at Colonus, All God’s Chillun’ Got Wings, Home, and Proposals. Off-Broadway and Regional: Jitney, The Odyssey, Everybody’s Ruby, Blade to the Heat, Driving Miss Daisy, The African Company Presents Richard III, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Miss Evers’Boys, A Soldier’s Play, Fences, Othello, A Lesson from Aloes, and Twelve Angry Men. Film and Television: The Amazing Jett Jackson, The Five Heartbeats, The Royale, Vengeance: The Story Of Tony Cimo, Law & Order, New York Undercover, and Spenser For Hire. As an associate artist in directing at The Cleveland Playhouse, Chuck directed mainstage productions of Two Trains Running, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Amen Corner, Crumbs from The Table of Joy, and The Piano Lesson.