February 17, 2005
I want to note the passing of Dan today, because he touched my life in two ways.
I cast him along with my wife Lynn Redgrave in my first producing/directing job. That was in 1973, at Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir’s famed Gate Theatre, Dublin, for just the 3 weeks they allowed me, in a new play dealing with Dublin and Hollywood, “A Better Place” by Robert Hogan, and we sold out every performance. [I financed the show, and The Gate kept half of the proceeds, rather than half of the profits, so we lost money, which led me to my first lawsuit.]
Then, Dan’s son-in-law, a pilot with Delta, helped me fly my plane cross-country from Teterborough to Santa Monica, helped my son in his flying career with the same company, and also found our new home in Topanga Canyon (yes, he had a real estate license too.)
I remember Dan fondly, a nice man, and I send sympathies to Elsie, his wife.