Arthur Kopit, playwright known for “Indians” and “Nine”, Dies at 83
American Playwright Arthur Lee Kopit, who won Pulitzer Prize for “Indians” and “Wings” two times, has died on Friday at the age of 83. Spokesperson Rick Miramontez has declared his death on Saturday but not mentioned any cause of death.
Kopit was born on 10th May, 1937 in Manhattan, New York, U.S. He completed his graduation at Harvard University having the degree of engineering. Even his long seven decade career was also started when he was undergraduate by writing the plays Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad in 1963. Films were made based on these films on Broadway under the direction of Jerome Robbins.
He won Pulitzer Prize finalist for “Indians” starring Sam Waterston and Stacy Keach & “Kings”. Kopit’s play “Indians” was taken for a film by Robert Altman in 1976. He also became Tony Award nominee for three months for his works of “Indians” (1970), “Wings” (1979) and Nine (1982). A musical film was made based on Nine under the direction of Rob Marshall starring Daniel Dey- Lewis, Marion Cottilard, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz & Kate Hudson. One more play of Kopit, named Phantom was selected for the musical version of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Recently he has worked for a play based on the journals of the Spanish conquistador, Cabeza de Vaca. His two more new plays are “Secrets of the Rich” and “The Incurables.”
“Arthur was one of the most uncompromisingly original writers that America ever produced,” said his longterm friend Maury Yeston. “A genuine born playwright, his work possesses the kind of university that is understood by the entire human race, across all cultures and languages. The worlds he created come to life inside the minds of every audience member who has the good fortune of attending one of his shows. But his greatest trait- even beyond his enviable brilliance- was a generosity that knew no bounds.”
Kopit is taken care by his wife, Leslie Garis; his children Alex, Ben, Kat; his grandchildren Arthur, Beatrix, and Clara; and his sister, Susan.