Ron Faber, actor of the film ‘The Exorcist’, dies: he was 90 years old

In the horror film Faber plays the role of Chuck

The American actor Ron Faber, appreciated Broadway stage performer and remembered in particular in the cinema for his role in the film “The Exorcist”, died at the age of 90 in New York following lung cancer. His disappearance dates back to March 26 but the announcement was only now from a family spokesman.

Faber had a major Broadway career in the 1970s opposite Henry Fonda in “First Monday in October” and with Irene Papas in “Medea.” It was on the theater stage that he was noticed by William Friedkin: the director directed him in 1973 in his film debut with “The Exorcist”. In the horror film Faber plays the role of Chuck, an assistant director and demonic voice who reveals to Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) that Burke Dennings (Jack MacGowran) is dead.

Faber was then the star of the film “The Tree of Guernica” (1975), alongside Mariangela Melato and Cosimo Cinieri, where he played the role of a political prisoner in Fernando Arrabal’s heartbreaking drama, directed by himself, about the war Spanish civil. Faber had shaved his head in 1972 for the stage version of the same play, garnering Obie and Drama Desk awards.

At the cinema Faber appeared in the films “The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover” (1977), “Soup for One” (1982), “Navt Seals – Paid to Die” (1990) and “Calling Bobcat” (2000). On TV he starred in episodes of “Law & Order-The two faces of justice”, “Lieutenant Kojak”, “The edge of the night”, “Emergency team”.

Faber’s numerous stage roles on Broadway and off-Broadway, such as those in “Hamlet”, “Mary Stuart”, “Scenes From Everyday Life”, “Woyzeck”, “Happy Days”, “Troilus and Cressida”, “Lucky Stiff “.

(by Paolo Martini)