Tuesday, April 26, 2011


My Stepfather, William Challee, was an original member of the Group Theater in New York in the 1930's. Members included Lee Strasburg, Lee J. Cobb, Harold Clurman and playwright Clifford Odets. Below is a telegram that was delivered backstage at The Belasco Theater on Broadway to my Stepfather on opening night of Rocket To The Moon. From the playwright Clifford Odets.

Opening Night Production Credits

Produced by The Group Theatre

Written by Clifford Odets

Directed by Harold Clurman

Opening Night Cast

Luther Adler

Morris Carnovsky

William Challee

Leif Erickson

Eleanor Lynn

Sanford Meisner

Ruth Nelson

Art Smith

The last film he did in his long and glorious career was Five Easy Pieces starring Jack Nicholson.

He played Jack's Father. Photo below.