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AIDS CLAIMS TONY AWARD WINNER RON RICHARDSON

Ron Richardson, who won a Tony Award in 1985 for his performance in the musical "Big River: the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," died Wednesday of AIDS. He was 43.

Richardson was praised for his performance of the runaway slave Jim in the Broadway adaptation of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn." He won a Tony as best supporting actor in a musical; he also won a Drama Desk award.In the early 1970s, he appeared in productions of "Showboat," "Camelot," and "Man of La Mancha." He was in the Los Angeles production of "Dream Girls" and toured with a concert act in the former Soviet Union.