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Subject: Peter H. Hunt, Director of "1776", uncle of Helen Hunt

Dead at 81
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Date Posted: Monday, April 27, 12:09:56pm

Not to be confused with Peter R. Hunt, who directed "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and who died in 2002.
Both directors were billed as simply "Peter Hunt" at various times in their careers.



Hunt was the uncle of actress Helen Hunt, through his half-brother, director Gordon Hunt. He resided in Los Angeles, California. He was married to former actress Barbette Tweed, daughter of lawyer/civic leader Harrison Tweed. The couple had three children.

Peter H. Hunt, Director of 1776, Dies at 81
by BWW News Desk Apr. 26, 2020

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Peter H. Hunt, director and lighting designer for the theatre, has died. He was 81 years old. Hunt was best known as the director of both the stage and screen versions of the musical 1776.

The news was reported by Howard Sherman on Twitter.

I am reading that Peter H. Hunt, director of the stage and screen version of 1776, has passed away. He began his career as a lighting designer, and was artistic director of @WTFest from 1989 to 1995.
- Howard Sherman (@HESherman) April 26, 2020

Hunt began his career as a lighting designer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1958. He served as Artistic Director in 1989 until 1995. In 1969, he helmed the Broadway musical 1776, winning the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his efforts. Following 1776, he directed Georgy, which closed after just 4 performances.

In 1975, Hunt received his second Tony nomination for Goodtime Charley. His most recent Broadway credit was The Scarlet Pimpernel in 1997. He has gone on to direct multiple benefit shows for the Actors Fund, including staged readings of Sunset Boulevard and Casablanca.

In addition to the screen adaptation of 1776, he worked on the film Give 'em Hell, Harry! Hunt has directed multiple movies made for television, including four based on the Hart to Hart series, Dead Man's Island, and episodes of Baywatch, Baywatch Nights, and Touched by an Angel. He was producer-director of four of the feature adaptations in the Mark Twain Series on PBS.

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Also directed "Give 'em Hell, Harry!" about Harry S Truman (NT)And three episodes of "Ellery Queen"Monday, April 27, 06:02:26pm

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