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Jerome Timothy Kilty, American playwright, theater director, actor. Decorated Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with seven clusters. Served to captain United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member Signet Society Clubs: Players (New York City).


Kilty, Jerome Timothy was born on June 24, 1922 in Baltimore. Son of Harold Joseph and Irene (Zellinger) Kilty.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1949.


Professor drama University Oklahoma, Norman, 1971, University Texas, Austin, 1972, University Kansas, Lawrence, 1973. Appointed to O'Conner Chair of Literature, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 1974-1975, 91-92. Instructor in drama Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1983-1985, 89.


  • Starring Geraldine Page, it closed after 24 previews and just one performance, but Maya Angelou was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.


  • Other Work

    • Co-founder, director, actor Brattle Theatre Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1948-1952. Actor New York City stage and television, 1952-1957, including Relapse, 1951, Quadrille, 1952, Misalliance, 1953. Played: Falstaff, Iago, City Centre, 1954.

      Writer, actor Dear Liar, Chicago and London, 1957 (Berlin Festival Critics award 1961, Baton Du Brigadier 1962-1963, Palma D'Oro 1962-1963, Stanislavsky Centenary medal 1963), director revival, Paris, 1974, 80, Rome, 1975, 85, for television, Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1981, director Australian Premiere, 1993, Melbourne. Writer, director for television Ides of March, London, 1963, Long Live Life, San Francisco, 1967. Director Marie Bell, Elisabeth Bergner, Maria Casares, Pierre Brasseur in various French, German, Italian productions, 1962-1965.

      Associate director, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 1966-1968, American Shakespeare Company, Stratford, Connecticut, 1965-1968. Director Possibilities, New York City, 1968, Sarah Ferrati in Mistress Warren's Profession (in Italian), Rome, 1976. Writer, director Don't Shoot Mable, It's Your Husband, 1968.

      Writer, actor Dear Love, Boston, 1969, London, 1973, The Laffing Man, 1975. Director, actor Androcles and the Lion, 1985, Love's Labor's Lost, 1985. Writer: The Little Black Book, New York City, 1972, Look Away, New York City.

      Musicals What the Devil, 1977, Barnum, 1978. Play Hey Marie!, 1979. Director Julius Caesar, San Diego National Shakespeare Festival, 1979, Love's Labor's Lost, 1980, Misalliance, Denver, 1980, I, James McNeill Whistler, Hartford Stage Company, Peter Pan, Kansas City, Missouri, 1985.

      Appeared in play A Month in the Country, New York City, 1979-1980, Enter a Free Man, New York City, 1984, Foxfire, Kansas City, Missouri, 1985. Member, Hartman Theatre Company, 1981-1982, 86-87, played the Doctor in Three Sisters and Ernest in Bedroom Farce. Director Tammy Grimes in The Millionairess.

      Star The Magistrate. Member, American Repertory Theatre Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1983-2000, created role: The King in Big River, 1983, directed, played Armado in Love's Labor's Lost, 1985, played Abel Bishop in Right You Are (If You Think So), 1988, played Don Antonio in Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 1988. Played title role in King Lear, Colonel Treletsky in Platonov, played James Tyrone with Claire Bloom in Long Day's Journey into Night, 1996, played Old Ekdal in Wild Duck, 1997.

      Created role Chairman Bowman in Mastergate by Larry Gelbart, 1989, repeated role on Broadway, Criterion Theater, 1989. Co-star: A Moon for the Misbegotten, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1984. Repeated role of Phil Hogan, American Repertory Theatre (Best Actor award Boston Theatre Critics 1984).

      Member Hartford Stage Company, 1985-1986, played in The Tempest, Twelfth Night, directed and acted in Androcles and the Lion. Played Boss Mangan in Heartbreak House, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1986. Director The Seagull, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 1987, The Man Who Was Peter Pan, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, 1990, Arms and the Man, Alley Theater, Houston, 1995.

      Co-star The Doctor's Dilemma, New York City, 1990, played Harry Hope in The Iceman Cometh, Chicago, 1990 (Joseph Jefferson award 1991). Author plays About to Begin, 1988, Margaret Sanger/Unfinished Business, 1989, The Hermit of Yalta, 1993. Starred with Opera Company of Boston in world premiere of The Balcony, 1990, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 1991, starred in Gigli Concert, Court Theatre, Chicago, Spoleto Festival United States of America, 1992, The Substance of Fire, Asolo Theatre, Sarasota, Florida, 1992, Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston, 1994, Love Letters, Asolo Theatre, 1993, King Lear, Asolo Theatre, 1993.

      Played Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker, McCarter Theater, Princeton, New Jersey, 1994, Governor Danforth in The Crucible, Alley Theater, Houston, 1994, King Lear, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, 1995, Tobias in A Delicate Balance, Stages Repertory Theater, Houston, 1996. Athol Fugard's Valley Song, Arizona Theatre Company, 1997, Michael James in Playboy of the Western World, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, 1998, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven. Guest starred as King Lear, Arizona State University, 1998.

      Played Leo Tolstoy in world premiere of The Last Station, Vermont State Company, Burlington, 1999, Scrooge, Va. Stage Company, Norfolk, 1999, 2000, Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Missouri Repertory Company, Kansas City, Ford's Theatre, Washington, 2000. Played Sean O'Casey in I Knock at the Door, Westport, Connecticut, 2001.

      Co-starred in world premiere The Astronaut, Westport, Connecticut, 2002.


Served to captain United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member Signet Society Clubs: Players (New York City).


Married Cavada Humphrey, May 11, 1956.

Harold Joseph Kilty

Irene (Zellinger) Kilty

Cavada Humphrey