Obituary of Clifford Theodore Forlow
CLIFFORD THEODORE FORLOW (“Ted”)
Surrounded by members of his family,Ted Forlow passed away of natural causes at age 89 at his home in Nanuet, NY on January 18, 2021. He is survived by Janet, his wife of 63 years, his four children, Mark, Christina, Annette and Denise, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and his brother and sister-in-law, Don and Marilyn Forlow.
Born in Independence, MO on April 29, 1931 he became a BSA Eagle Scout, a graduate of Baker University (Baldwin City, KS) and served in the US Navy during the Korean War.
Professionally Ted Forlow was a stage actor with 14 Broadway Shows to his creditwith numerous Off-Broadway productions and tours that took him throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.He was a member of Actor’s Equity and proud to be a “working actor”. Notable Broadway musicals in which he performed were Man of La Mancha (Martin Beck Theatre1968, Palace Theatre 1977 & Marquis Theatre1992) and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Alvin Theatre 1962). He was accomplished in many areas of stagecraft including production director, choreographer as well as set and props constructionfor many local and regional productions.
He is best known for his role as “The Barber” in Man Of La Mancha for which he received the following notice in the New York Times (Theater: Kiley Back in ‘La Mancha’ by Richard Eder; September 16, 1977):
The scene where Don Quixote confiscates barber's basin and uses it for a helmet is probably the finest of all. Ted Forlow gives a quicksilver performance as a cheerfully exuberant man trying to cope with this bearded, vehement apparition, and somehow managing. The “Golden Helmet” song matches the mood completely, and the balance among Mr. Kiley, Mr. Forlow and Tony Martinez's Sancho Panza create an interlude in which for once the humor, the nobility and the radiance of Cervantes's masterpiece are transmuted into musical comedy terms without the slightest distortion.
Ted Forlow was talented artist and craftsman who enjoyed painting, carving and woodworking. He loved working with his hands and could repair almost anything. He loved the films of W. C. Fields and the radio comedy of Bob & Ray.Throughout his life he practiced morning meditation and had a spiritual practice that brought him closer toGod.
A memorial celebration for Ted Forlow will be organized later in 2021.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in the name of Ted Forlow to:
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