UK theater director, producer Jonathan Miller dies at 85

UK theater director, producer Jonathan Miller dies at 85
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 1980 file photo, Jonathan Miller, left, directs Shakespeare's "Taming Of The Shrew" with actor John Cleese, right. The family of theater director and presenter Jonathan Miller says the star of the “Beyond the Fringe’’ comedy revue has died. He was 85 and had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before his death Wednesday Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo, File)

LONDON (AP) — British theater director and presenter Jonathan Miller, the star of the “Beyond the Fringe” comedy revue, has died. He was 85.

Miller’s family said he died Wednesday had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

One of the country’s most important figures in the arts, Miller enjoyed a decades-long career that encompassed theater, television and opera. Some of Britain’s largest and most respected arts institutions, including the National Theatre, the British Film Institute and the Royal Opera, hurried to pay tribute to his long career.

Born in London, Miller studied medicine before turning to the arts, spurred by the success of the satirical revue “Beyond the Fringe.”

The show, which also featured Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Peter Cook, went from London’s West End to Broadway.