Actor/playwright Jerome Kilty of Weston, Conn., died today at Norwalk Hospital of cardiac arrest. He was 90.
Kilty was one of the victims of a two-car crash on Georgetown Road in Weston, on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
While the cause of the accident is still under investigation, Weston police believe Kilty was driving down Hillside Road North, the street where he lived, when his car crashed into a vehicle headed northbound on Georgetown Road.
Police say Kilty's car appears to have plowed into the side of the other car without stopping at a stop sign. It is not yet known if the cardiac arrest Kilty suffered occurred before or after the crash. The driver of the other vehicle is in serious condition at Norwalk Hospital.
Jerome Kilty was both a celebrated playwright and actor. His plays include Dear Liar: A Comedy of Letters, adapted from the correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patricak Campbell; Dear Love, based on the poems and letters of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; and The Ides of March. As an actor, he appeared on Broadway in Mastergate, Quadrille, and A Moon for the Misbegotten, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.
Kilty appeared internationally in many shows and was in the cast of the first international tour of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. In 1948, Kilty co-founded the Brattle Theater Company in Cambridge, Mass. He also appeared on early television shows such as Kraft Television Theatre, Studio One, and HallMark Hall of Fame.
He was predeceased in 2007 by his wife and touring co-star Cavada Humphrey.
Story by Patricia Gay, The Weston Forum