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Veteran OKC stage actor passes away

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According to the Bard's "As You Like It," "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts."

The metro stage lost one if its own favorite players to a final exit recently, with the death of Clyde Martin. Martin, 78, who passed away April 21, performed in more than 75 plays and musicals for a host of local theaters, including Lyric, Jewel Box, Carpenter Square and more.

He was born July 24, 1929, in Shawnee, and graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts in California. Here, his day job for 37 years until retirement was as a librarian for the Metropolitan Library System.

Martin's metro hallmark, however, is in the stages and airwaves he graced. He performed roles including Norman in "On Golden Pond," Morrie in "Tuesdays with Morrie" and " until his unexpected death after opening weekend " Col. Pickering in "My Fair Lady," among others.

Since 1969 he also hosted two opera programs each week for KCSC-FM 90.1, garnering the nickname "Mr. Opera" for his "enthusiasm for and knowledge of music," according to the classical station's Web site.

Martin also sported a deft sense of humor, as recounted on the site in a comment about the station's signal woes in the early days: "I'd get calls where people said, 'Your station is collapsing,' and I'd say, 'Where do you live?' and they'd say, 'Southwest Oklahoma City,'" Martin said. "And I'd say, 'That's your problem.'"

The man who initially brought in his own records to play on-air is "survived by friends and fans and cat, Eliza," according to his obituary. Services were held at First Christian Church, the site of Jewel Box Theatre where he performed.

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