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WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. --Erick Devine, 64, of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., died suddenly on April 18, 2019.

A veteran Broadway and film actor, a university-level educator and a theatrical director with hundreds of regional production credits. He grew up in Hot Springs from 1964 through '72, graduating from Hot Springs High School in 1972. He received a BA in musical theater (1976) from the University of Tulsa and an MFA from Wayne State University (1979), then headed to NYC, where he quickly joined the cast of "Cats" (Deuteronomy/first replacement). Other Broadway credits include "Seussical" -- The Musical, "Sid Caesar and Company" and "Ragtime" on Broadway and National Tour. Other national tours included the first tours of "Me and My Girl," "Grand Hotel" and "Annie Get Your Gun," plus the acclaimed Deaf West production of "Big River." His most recent film, "My Adventures with Santa," is set for release later this year.

As an artist, he demanded excellence in himself and inspired others to do the same. He was an animal lover with a special passion for his beloved dogs, an adventurous world traveler, a loyal and larger-than-life presence to his friends, and a generous spirit to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. J.C. and Dorothy Devine, of Bixby, Okla., and his niece, Loren Devine Lawrence, of Jonesboro, Ark.

Erick is survived by his brother, Dennis (wife, Donna), of Heber Springs, Ark.; niece, Lindsey; nephews, Scott and Greg; and thousands of students, fellow cast members, and friends around the world.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Actor's Fund of America, 729 7th Ave., Fl. 10, NYC, NY 10036.

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