Bill Macy, ‘Maude’ Star, Dies at 97

Variety | 10/18/2019 | Mackenzie Nichols
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Bill Macy, who played Bea Arthur’s husband Walter Findlay on the “All in the Family” spinoff, “Maude,” died on Thursday. He was 97.

“My buddy Bill Macy passed away at 7:13pm tonight. He was a spitfire right up to the end,” producer and manager Matt Beckoff wrote on Facebook. “My condolences to his beautiful wife Samantha Harper Macy.”

Macy - Revere - Mass - Brooklyn - NY

Macy was born in Revere, Mass., and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He worked as a taxi driver for a decade before scoring a Broadway gig in 1958 as Walter Matthau’s understudy in “Once More, With Feeling.” In 1966, he played a cab driver on a soap opera called “The Edge of Night,” and met his wife, Samantha Harper Macy, on the set of the 1969 off-Broadway play “Oh! Calcutta!”

Sitcom creator Norman Lear saw his comedic skill off-Broadway and brought him to Hollywood, where Macy first earned a small part as a...
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