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Lanky blond actor Larry Bryggman is perhaps best known to daytime TV viewers as the dedicated (and formerly villainous) Dr. John Dixon on "As the World Turns," a role he has played since 1969 and which brought him two Daytime Emmy Awards. Discerning theatergoers in NYC, however, may recall the actor for his many appearances on and off Broadway, notably with the New York Shakespeare Festival. Since his 1962 debut, Bryggman has rarely not found a stage role to supplement his daytime work. In 1993, he was honored with an OBIE Award for "sustained excellence of work" and the following year he received a Tony nomination for playing the reliable Howard Bevans in the Broadway revival of "Picnic." The actor has also frequently appeared in support of star Al Pacino, dating from their mutual association with the Theatre Company of Boston in the late 1960s. Pacino, in turn, included Bryggman in the 1996 documentary, which focused on actors performing Shakespeare's "Richard III."
Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, Bryggman attended the City College of San Francisco before heading to New York, where he made his Off-Broadway debut in "Summer Ghost" (1962). After stints with the Pittsburgh Playhouse and in Boston, he began his long association with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) with 1969's "Mod Donna" and over the course of nearly three decades played numerous roles in the canon, including Banquo in "Macbeth" and the title parts in "Coriolanus" and both parts of "Henry IV." Alongside Pacino, Bryggman appeared in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" (1977) and "Richard III" (1979). Bryggman segued to the big screen in support of Pacino in the legal drama "... And Justice for All" (1979) and enjoyed his most prominent role as a policeman sparring with Bruce Willis' John McClane in "Die Hard With a Vengeance" (1995).
Made Off-Broadway debut, "A Summer Ghost"
Performed with Pittsburgh Playhouse
Performed in first of numerous productions with The New York Shakespeare Festival, "Mod Donna"
Played Dr. John Dixon on "As the World Turns"
Had mulitple roles in the Broadway version of "Ulysses in Nighttown"; directed by Burgess Meredith
Acted in support of Pacino on stage in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"; production originated in Boston before transferring to Broadway
Feature film debut, "...And Justice For All" opposite Pacino
Again supported Pacino in stage production of "Richard III"
Appeared in film "Hanky Panky"
Acted in New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) staging of "The Ballad of Soapy Smith"
Returned to the NYSF to co-star in "Rum and Coke"
Supported Kate Nelligan in "Spoils of War"; replaced by Jeffery DeMunn when production transferred to Broadway
Played Banquo in NYSF staging of "Macbeth"
Acted on Broadway in Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss"
Received Tony nomination for the revival of "Picnic" on Broadway
Portrayed policeman Arthur Cobb in "Die Hard With a Vengeance"
Appeared in Al Pacino's documentary "Looking for Richard"
Acted in "Henry VIII" in Central Park
Co-starred in the stage play "Proof"; reprised role when production transferred to Broadway; garnered Tony nomination
Starred as the Judge in the Atlantic Theater Company's off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of the David Mamet farce "Romance"; earned a Drama Desk nomination
Cast opposite Mercedes Ruehl in the world premiere of Edward Albee's "Occupant" at Signature Theatre Company