There Must Be a Story There

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I just re-watched the 1962 movie version of The Music Man for the-I-don’t-know-many-eth time, although it is the first time in well over a decade.

And I wondered what became of Timmy Everett.

Who is that? I hear you ask.

He’s probably the best dancer in the cast of The Music Man; he played Tommy Djilas, the love interest of the Mayor’s daughter.

So I looked him up and he has only one screen credit after that movie, a two part episode of Ben Casey.

Then nothing except a choreographer credit a couple years later.

He died of a heart attack in 1977 at the age of 38.


And I can’t find out much else about him. His short nytimes obit doesn’t even mention his appearing in The Music Man.

He had won some awards on Broadway previously, most notably a Theatre World Award in 1957 for his role in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.

The short “Making of The Music Man” featurette that came on the DVD doesn’t even mention him.

I just feel there must be a lot more to his story.

The nytimes obit:

Timmy Everett, actor and dancer who won the Daniel Blum Theater World Award in 1957 for his supporting role as the young Jewish boy in William Inge’s “The Dark at the Top of the stairs.” died in his sleep on Friday, apparently of heart failure. He had been visiting a friend at 201 West 77th street. He was 38 years old end lived in California.

In 1958, Mr. Everett won the Theater World Award for best supporting actor in “The Cold Wind and the Warm.” The next year he was the only male actor selected as a member of the Actors Studio.

Mr. Everett began his theatrical career at 14 in a television production of “On Your Toes.” He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater and after several seasons of summer stock landed a dancing part in “Damn Yankees,” followed by the juvenile and dancing lead in “Reuben, Reuben.”

He directed and choreographed a numher of Broadway plays and most recently appeared in supporting roles in television productions.

He leaves his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Everett, and two sisters, Sherry and Tanya.

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