Greek actor and drama coach Voutsinas dies

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Greek actor Andreas Voutsinas from "The Producers" and drama coach to iconic Hollywood stars Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, died Tuesday in Athens, aged 77, a former colleague in Paris said.

The Khartoum-born Voutsinas learned his trade in New York, where he entered in 1957 the Actors' Studio, the drama organisation that specialised in method acting set up by "On The Waterfront" director Elia Kazan.

Over a career that combined cinema and theatre, Voutsinas starred in some 20 films, including "The Producers" and "The Twelve Chairs" directed by his friend Mel Brooks.

In his first play in the United States in 1960, Voutsinas directed a young Jane Fonda, and he went on to stage a host of classic and contemporary theatre works.

Drama coach to classic film stars, also including "The Graduate" seductress Anne Bancroft, Voutsinas moved to France in 1968 and two years later set up his own dramatic arts school.

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