James Gammon, Dead at 70

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Remembering James Gammon. Listen to an interview with James Gammon from his June 20, 1996 appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

You didn’t even need to see James Gammon to recognize him. Just hearing his inimitable hoarse, gravelly voice was enough. The veteran stage actor helped found the Met Theater in Los Angeles, and starred in many a Sam Shepard play. “This was a guy who could act circles around most other actors,” Mr. Shepard noted, “and he never pretended to be other than a working kind of actor.” James Gammon died at the age of 70 just recently, and you can hear Leonard Lopate’s interview with him from June 20, 1996, when he was joined by Lois Smith for the Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child.”