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Casting director Barry Moss dies

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Jul 06, 2014 | 9:48am EDT

Veteran Broadway, film and TV casting director Barry Moss has died at the age of 74. Moss passed away on 17 June (14) after suffering congestive heart failure at a New York hospital, his partner Bob Kale has confirmed. He landed his first Broadway gig on Neil Simon's Chapter Two in 1977 and reunited with the playwright to find talent for his 1979 musical They're Playing Our Song and I Ought to Be in Pictures in 1980. As co-founder of the Hughes Moss Casting agency, he went on to work on nearly 90 Broadway shows, including a 1980 revival of West Side Story, My Fair Lady and 1995's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which earned Matthew Broderick a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Moss also cast Lauren Bacall in the musical Woman of the Year, Raul Julia in Nine and Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes. He worked on hit TV sitcom The Cosby Show in the 1980s and helped to launch Adam Sandler's screen career after casting him as Theo Huxtable's friend Smitty, while his big screen credits included casting for horror movie Friday the 13th, the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple and Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 romantic drama Endless Love, which featured Tom Cruise in his film debut.

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