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Walter Raney, Longtime L.A. Drama Coach, Dies at 79

Walter Raney, Longtime L.A. Drama Coach, Dies at 79

Walter Raney, a onetime Fox casting director who ran a Los Angeles repertory company and mentored actors including Jason Patric, Amy Jo Johnson and John Larroquette, has died. He was 79.

Raney died Jan. 2 in Los Angeles of natural causes, his niece, Leanne Rayman, told The Hollywood Reporter.

In 1976, Raney produced and directed a Los Angeles production of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning basketball drama That Championship Season after striking up a friendship with playwright Jason Miller. From that, Raney launched the New Theatre League Repertory, a workshop and showcase for new talent in Hollywood.

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