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Roy Gioconda, 1933-2010

March 22, 2010

Roy Gioconda, an actor since his childhood in New York, came to Chicago some 50 years ago with a touring show and became a regular player on the city's many stages.

An operatic tenor and resident of Chicago's East Lakeview neighborhood, Mr. Gioconda, 76, died of lung cancer Friday, Feb. 26, at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, said his friend and colleague Ernie Lane.

Mr. Gioconda was born in Brooklyn to a silent-film-actor father and a stage-actress mother, Lane said. As a child actor, he appeared under the name Roy Sterling in Broadway shows including "The Wind Is 90," with Kirk Douglas, "Chicken Every Sunday," with Sidney Blackmer, and "A Young Man's Fancy," with William Talman. Read More