Henderson Forsythe ~ September 11, 1917 - April 17, 2006
Reprinted from the April 21, 2006 Columbia [MO] Daily Tribune
Henderson Forsythe was born September 11, 1917 in Macon, Missouri. He pursued a successful career in acting and became a well known character actor on the stage, screen and in television.
Forsythe won the Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for his portrayal of Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in the 1979 musical stage production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
He also enjoyed a television career that lasted decades, playing Dr. David Stewart on As the World Turns for 31 years, from 1960 to 1991. Other appearances on the small screen included roles in episodes of Law & Order and Eisenhower and Lutz, and he portrayed Colonel Harland Sanders of KFC Restaurant fame in a series of commercials.
As a screen actor, he had roles in many movies throughout the years, including Silkwood in 1983 and End of the Line in 1988. He also appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, The Texas Trilogy and The Birthday Party.
Forsythe passed away on Monday, April 17th at his home - located in the upscale retirement community of Williamsburg Landing in Columbia, MO - at the age of 88.