Ignatius Wolfington


Ignatius Wolfington

Infobox actor
bgcolour = silver
name = Iggie Wolfington
birthname = Ignatius Wolfington
birthdate = 14 October 1920
location = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
deathdate = 30 September 2004
deathplace = Studio City, California
spouse = Lynn Wood (1972-2004)
sagawards = Life Achievement Award (1984)

Ignatius 'Iggie' Wolfington was a stage actor who was born 14 October 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died September 30 2004 in Studio City, California. He married Lynn Wood, an actress, about 1972. [ [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Actors Equity Archive] ] [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/11/arts/11wolfington.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Iggy Wolfington,Veteran Actor, Dies at 84, The New York Times, October 11, 2004] ]

Education

Wolfington attended West Philadelphia Catholic High School, [ [http://www.westcatholic.org West Philadelphia Catholic High School] ] then studied at the Bessie V. Hicks School of Drama. [ [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Actors Equity Archive] ]

Military Service

Lt. Wolfington served with distinction in the 102nd Infantry Division (United States) at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He received a battlefield commission as a first lieutenant. He was awarded the Silver Star for his role in saving thirty men. He also received the Purple Heart for wounds he received in battle. Upon his death, Wolfington was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery attended by a large group of relatives, Lt. Wolfington's headstone witnesses his duty to the service of his country and a deep love he held for his country. [ [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Actors Equity Archive] ] [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/11/arts/11wolfington.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Iggy Wolfington,Veteran Actor, Dies at 84, The New York Times, October 11, 2004] ]

tage career

Wolfington is best known for his role as Marcellus Washburn in the Broadway musical The Music Man, which earned him a nomination to receive the 1958 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. He also played the role of Chef Ellsworth in "Mrs McThing", [ [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=2178 IMDb] ] a 1952 play which featured Helen Hayes. [ [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Actors Equity Archive] ] [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/11/arts/11wolfington.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Iggy Wolfington,Veteran Actor, Dies at 84, The New York Times, October 11, 2004] ]

Television career

Wolfington worked in the earliest days of live television, then became a familiar face on popular television shows like “Gunsmoke,” “Get Smart,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Waltons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Fantasy Island,” and “The Rockford Files”. He made a few television movies. [ [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Actors Equity Archive] ] [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/11/arts/11wolfington.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Iggy Wolfington,Veteran Actor, Dies at 84, The New York Times, October 11, 2004] ]

Appearance in Film

Wolfington appeared in the film Hex and the Steven Spielberg film 1941. [ [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Actors Equity Archive] ] [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/11/arts/11wolfington.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Iggy Wolfington,Veteran Actor, Dies at 84, The New York Times, October 11, 2004] ]

Labor Union Career

For many years, "Iggie" Wolfington was a council member of the Actors' Equity Association, a New York City-based labor union for stage actors. In 1969, Wolfington saw the need for a West Coast office of the Actors' Fund of America to provide medical and financial assistance to actors beyond Broadway, NY. Until that time, stage actors outside of New York had experienced difficulty securing adequate support from the headquarters there. Wolfington handled over 10,000 cases in the fifteen years preceding his 2004 death. [ [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Actors Equity Archive] ] [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/11/arts/11wolfington.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Iggy Wolfington,Veteran Actor, Dies at 84, The New York Times, October 11, 2004] ]

Awards

At the time of his retirement in 1984, Wolfington received the following awards:

*Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
*Philip Loeb Humanitarian Award
*Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award [ [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Actors Equity Archive] ]

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References

External links

*imdb name|id=0938370|name=Ignatius Wolfington
*ibdb name|id=88375|name=Ignatius Wolfington
* [http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/archive/04_10_07_Iggy.html Obituary on the Actors Equity web site]

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title = Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
years = 1984
before= Ralph Bellamy
after = Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward


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