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Also Known As: William Henry Lemassena Died: January 19, 1993
Born: May 23, 1916 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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Veteran character actor of the New York stage who also worked occasionally in films and TV. LeMassena made his Broadway stage debut in 1940, appearing in the Lunt-Fontanne production of "The Taming of the Shrew". He was reunited with the famed acting duo on Broadway and on tour in several productions. LeMassena remained a NY theater staple on and off Broadway through the 70s. His first film role of note was the Heavenly Friend in "Carousel" (1956) and his subsequent credits include "The World of Henry Orient" (1964), "Where's Poppa?" (1970), and "All That Jazz" (1979). LeMassena also worked in TV beginning in the 50s. Late in his life, he played the recurring role of Ambrose Bingham in the long-running CBS soap "As the World Turns".

Veteran character actor of the New York stage who also worked occasionally in films and TV. LeMassena made his Broadway stage debut in 1940, appearing in the Lunt-Fontanne production of "The Taming of the Shrew". He was reunited with the famed acting duo on Broadway and on tour in several productions. LeMassena remained a NY theater staple on and off Broadway through the 70s. His first film role of note was the Heavenly Friend in "Carousel" (1956) and his subsequent credits include "The World of Henry Orient" (1964), "Where's Poppa?" (1970), and "All That Jazz" (1979). LeMassena also worked in TV beginning in the 50s. Late in his life, he played the recurring role of Ambrose Bingham in the long-running CBS soap "As the World Turns".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 See You in the Morning (1989) Larry'S Father
3.
 All That Jazz (1979) Jonesy Hecht
4.
 Where's Poppa? (1970) Judge
5.
 The Wrong Man (1957) Sang
6.
 Carousel (1956) Heavenly friend
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1940:
Broadway debut in the Alfred Lunt-Lynn Fontanne production of "The Taming of the Shrew"
:
Appeared with Lunt and Fontanne on Broadway and on tour in "There Shall Be No Night", "I Know My Love", and "The Pirate"
:
Appeared in the musicals "Call Me Mister" and "Annie Get Your Gun"
1956:
First significant feature credit, Henry King's version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel", as the Heavenly Friend
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Appeared on Broadway in "Deathtrap", "Private Lives" with Geraldine Page, and "Night of the Iguana" with Jane Alexander
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Portrayed Ambrose Bingham, a recurring role on the CBS soap "As the World Turns"
1989:
Final feature credit, "See You in the Morning"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1938
American Theatre Wing: - 1946 - 1947

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companion:
Marian Tuthill Connolly. Survived him.

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father:
William Henry LeMessena.
mother:
Margery LeMessena.

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