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John Tillinger

Last updated 09 January 2020

John Tillinger

Born: Tuesday 28th June 1938 (age: 81)


John Tillinger is a theatre director and actor.

Born in Tabriz, Iran, Tillinger was raised in England, where he was first exposed to the theatre. He spent his early years on Broadway as an actor, appearing in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg(1968), Othello (1970), Hay Fever (1970), and The Changing Room (1973).

Tillinger's first Broadway directing credit was Solomon's Child in 1982. Since then he has directed Love Letters (1989) with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason RobardsThe Price (1992) with Eli WallachThree Men on a Horse (1993) and The Sunshine Boys (1997), both with Jack Klugman and Tony RandallInherit the Wind (1996) with George C. Scott and Charles DurningNight Must Fall (1999) with Matthew BroderickJudgment at Nuremberg (2001) with George Grizzard and Maximilian SchellSay Goodnight, Gracie (2002) with Frank Gorshin, and Absurd Person Singular (2005) with Paxton Whitehead and Sam Robards.

Tillinger's many off-Broadway directing credits include Entertaining Mr Sloane (1981), After the Fall (1984), Loot (1986), What the Butler Saw (1989), The Lisbon Traviata (1989), Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991), Sylvia (1995), The Wedding Banquet (2003), and Jewtopia (2004). He has also directed numerous regional theatre productions.

Tillinger was married to actress/director Dorothy Lyman from 1972-77. They have two children, actor Sebastian Tillinger and producer Emma Tillinger.