Anchorage theater figure Frank Brink dies

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Frank Orville Brink, who developed local theater in Anchorage, died Sept. 17 in Eureka Springs, Ark. He was 93 and had a form of Alzheimer's disease.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Brink was a former broadcaster and filmmaker who established the Anchorage Little Theater, now known at Anchorage Community Theater, and the drama program at Alaska Methodist University, now Alaska Pacific University.

Brink came to Anchorage after World War II to take a job as a radio announcer. In the 1950s, he oversaw the production of as many as 50 plays in one season. Brink talked national stars like Boris Karloff and Will Rogers Jr. into performing with local casts.

Brink was selected as the Alaska Press Club's "Outstanding Alaskan" in 1975.

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