Stage and screen actor Barnard Hughes, whose long and illustrious career spanned seven decades, from a one-line role in a 1934 production of The Taming of the Shrew, to the film version of The Fantasticks in 2000, died Monday in a New York Hospital at the age of 90. Hughes performed in over 400 plays during his career. He won a Tony Award in 1978 for his starring turn in Hugh Leonard's play Da, a role which he reprised a decade later for the film version co-starring Martin Sheen. His last Broadway performance was in 2000, at the age of 85, starring with his wife, Helen Stenborg, in Noel Coward's Waiting in the Wings.
Hughes appeared in many films, including Midnight Cowboy, Doc Hollywood, The Lost Boys, Oh, God!, First Monday in October, The Odd Couple II, and The Cradle Will Rock.