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Weston Actor Kilty Dies After Georgetown Crash

WESTON, Conn. – Actor, director and playwright Jerome Kilty, 90, of Weston, one of the victims of a Georgetown Road car crash Wednesday evening, according to Weston police, has died.

Kilty, whose work was known to Broadway audiences and around the world, was driving north on Hillside Road around 5:15 p.m. and collided with Balvin Petgrave from Bridgeport, who was driving north on Georgetown Road. Petgrave was critically injured and was taken to Norwalk Hospital, police said. Irene Otero, of Bridgeport, was a passenger in Petgrave’s car. No information was provided about her condition.

Patrick Daubert, a Weston police sergeant, said Kilty drove into the pathway of Petgrave’s car. The accident is still under investigation by Weston and Wilton police.

According to , Kilty died Friday of cardiac arrest at Norwalk Hospital.

Kilty's extensive credits include his original play, "Dear Liar: A Comedy of Letters," adapted from the correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patricak Campbell, which he also directed on Broadway in 1960; "Dear Love," based on the poems and letters of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning ; and "The Ides of March." As an actor, he appeared on Broadway in "Mastergate," "Quadrille," and "A Moon for the Misbegotten," for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

According to, Kilty co-founded the Brattle Theater Company in Cambridge, Mass., in 1948. He also appeared on early television shows such as Kraft Television Theatre, Studio One, and The United States Steel Hour.

Correction 12:53 p.m. Sept. 8: The victim's first name was wrong in the original story. The correct name is Jerome.

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