Frederick Combs

Actor, Acting teacher, Playwright
Actor, playwright, director and acting teacher originated the role of Donald in the original Off-Broadway production of Mart Crowley's landmark gay-themed play, "The Boys in the Band" (1968). Combs went on to recreate ... Read more »
Born: 10/11/1935

Filmography

Actor (6)

David 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys in the Band 1970 (Movie)

Donald (Actor)

Another Woman's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Moviola: The Silent Lovers (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

The Users (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor, playwright, director and acting teacher originated the role of Donald in the original Off-Broadway production of Mart Crowley's landmark gay-themed play, "The Boys in the Band" (1968). Combs went on to recreate the role in London and in William Friedkin's 1970 feature film. He appeared on TV in the soap "The Young and the Restless" and in various made-for-TV movies and miniseries including "The Users" (1978), "Roots: The Next Generations" (1979), and three titles directed by John Erman: "Moviola: The Silent Lovers" (1980), "Another Woman's Child" (1983), and "David" (1988). Combs also wrote several plays including "The Children's Mass", which he directed at the Cast Theater in Hollywood.

Milestones

1979

Taught at the LA/Actors' Lab

1979

Founded the LA/Actors' Lab

1969

Feature film debut in director William Friedkin's film version of "The Boys in the Band"

1968

Created the role of Donald in the original Off-Broadway production of Mart Crowley's "The Boys in the Band"

Directed Harvey Fierstein's play, "International Stud"

Appeared on stage in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "The Lady of the Camellias"

Acting debut on Broadway in "A Taste of Honey"

Recreated the role of Donald in the London production of "The Boys in the Band"

Bonus Trivia

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Combs received an award from L.A. WEEKLY for his direction of Harvey Fierstein's "International Stud".

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