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William E. Collins

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Actor, playwright, director and acting teacher originated the role of Donald in the original Off-Broadway production of Mart Crowley's landmark gay-themed play, "The Boys in the Band" (1968). Combs went on to recreate the role in London and in William Friedkin's 1970 feature film. He appeared on TV in the soap "The Young and the Restless" and in various made-for-TV movies and miniseries including "The Users" (1978), "Roots: The Next Generations" (1979), and three titles directed by John Erman: "Moviola: The Silent Lovers" (1980), "Another Woman's Child" (1983), and "David" (1988). Combs also wrote several plays including "The Children's Mass," which he directed at the Cast Theater in Hollywood.

Actor, playwright, director and acting teacher originated the role of Donald in the original Off-Broadway production of Mart Crowley's landmark gay-themed play, "The Boys in the Band" (1968). Combs went on to recreate the role in London and in William Friedkin's 1970 feature film. He appeared on TV in the soap "The Young and the Restless" and in various made-for-TV movies and miniseries including "The Users" (1978), "Roots: The Next Generations" (1979), and three titles directed by John Erman: "Moviola: The Silent Lovers" (1980), "Another Woman's Child" (1983), and "David" (1988). Combs also wrote several plays including "The Children's Mass," which he directed at the Cast Theater in Hollywood.

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