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Del Close

Personal information
Birth dateMarch 9, 1934
Place of birthManhattan, Kansas, U.S.
Date of deathMarch 4, 1999(age 64)
Death placeChicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, Teacher
Years active1960 1999

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Del Close (March 9, 1934 March 4, 1999) was an actor, improviser, writer, and teacher. Considered one of the premier influences on modern improvisational theater, Close had a prolific career, appearing in a number of films and television shows. He was a co-author of the book Truth in Comedy, which outlines techniques now common to longform improvisational theater and describes the overall structure of “Harold” which remains a common frame for longer improvisational scenes. His favorite framework for comedic storytelling was the structures of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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