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R.I.P. Martin Richards, 'The Shining' Producer


Producer Martin Richards died on Monday at age 80. Best known for producing a number of Tony Award-winning musicals (including the original staging of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which swept the 1979 Tonys) Richards was also on board for The Shining.

Acting on the stage at age 10, puberty hit and the acting gigs dried up. He began producing in the 1960s, starting with Bob Fosse's Chicago. In 1976, he founded the Producer Circle Co. with Mary Lea Johnson (who would marry him two years later, even though she knew he was gay) to help finance theater and movie projects. Stanley Kubrick's classic, The Shining was one of these productions.

In addition to a life on stage and screen, Richards was a noted philanthropist, funding causes that offer support to AIDS patients and abused children.