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Old 03-08-04, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Spalding Gray

I hesitate to post such a sad note, but...

Actor & performer Spalding Gray's body was discovered in New York's East River yesterday, two months after his disappearance and suspected suicide. It is believed that he probably jumped off the Staten Island ferry, after a history of depression and previous suicide attempts.

Gray was never a busker - as far as I know - but his performances on stages and videos ("Swimming to Cambodia") are riveting, hilarious & brilliant moments of live entertainment. Using almost no props - a desk, a glass of water, a notebook - Gray was a master storyteller and monologist.

I never saw him in person, but I recommend his movies "Swimming to Cambodia" or "Monster in a Box" if you want to witness a truly unique solo performer. I'd like to hear from anyone who has seen one of his shows.

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