Remembering Ted D’Arms

Ted D'Arms as sitcom actor Dick Nickerson in the independent comedy G-SALE. The B&W photographs in the background are from Ted's collection of his headshots and film/theatre stills.

It’s with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of our friend Ted D’Arms on December 18th. Ted was the one of the luminious stars of our film G-SALE, in which he portrayed 1960s sitcom actor Dick Nickerson (best known for his role as the leprechaun Uncle Angus in the series Pot o’ Gold). He was also an extremely talented painter, photographer, voiceover actor, and a kind soul.

While at the EvansGroup ad agency, Randy had worked with Ted on many TV and radio commercials, but it wasn’t until 2002 when Ted graciously agreed to join the ensemble cast of our first feature film did we get to spend more time with him and really get to know him.

Not only did Ted knock it out of the park with a standout performance in the film, but he helped our production in numerous ways–everything from providing his beautiful paintings as set dressing elements, to taking stills, to recommending the film to influential critics. After the production, we got a chance to spend more time with Ted — visiting his art studio and catching his performances at the Seattle Rep.

We will miss Ted dearly. He was a brilliant, generous actor, a scholar, an artist in the truest sense of the word. He had a big personality and a big heart. And he always had great hair.

Below is an excerpt from the G-SALE press materials with a brief interview with Ted.

What did you think of the style of the film (mockumentary)? Did it offer any challenges as an actor?

Ted: It was loose and easy.

What attracted you to this project?

I thought it was very well written—riotously funny.

What intrigued you about your role? What did you like about the character you played?

I’ve been in dozens and dozens of productions of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Sophocles, Arthur Miller—I’ve never had the privilege of playing a leprauchaun.

How did you like working with Randy and Jessi?

I loved working with Jessi. Randy has a real touch with actors. He understands them—let’s them do their work. He leaves actors alone and trusts their decisions, and gives direction if he feels they are going in the wrong direction.

Any challenges or interesting stories?

Learning the Irish dancing was the most challenging.

TED D’ARMS (Dick Nickerson) has enjoyed a distinguished career in the theatre, appearing in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and playing opposite Christopher Walken (“Hamlet”) and Richard Chamberlain (“Richard II”). His film roles include Mark Rydell’s “Cinderella Liberty,” Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy, and “Doubles.” D’Arms is also an accomplished photographer and painter. His paintings appear in G-SALE.

5 replies
  1. Vince Werner
    Vince Werner says:

    The morning of the day I heard of Ted’s passing, I was coincidentally reminiscing with Scott Burns about G-Sale, and specifically about Ted… hoping he was happy and healthy and enjoying retirement. What a delightful, rare human being. I’ll certainly value the times I was fortunate enough to work with him. Hopefully, he’s finally found his ‘Pot O Gold’! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

  2. Robin Douglas
    Robin Douglas says:

    Ted and I had no scenes together in G Sale, so I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know him at all, but I can remember the first screening I saw of the film and being as enchanted and amused by him as every other audience member. What a sad loss for all of us.

  3. Tracey Conway
    Tracey Conway says:

    Since Robin and I had the same scenes, I also am sorry not to have had on-camera time with Ted, but was fortunate to have met him during an Almost Live! shoot where he played Santa Claus. Like Vince, I dearly hope he is enjoying the Pot O Gold he so richly deserves for all the pleasure, awe and friendship he offered during his time in Seattle. The theatre community here has been hard hit with major losses this past year. I like to think these wonderful artists are starting a repertory company over in Wonderland. I’m thinking very fondly of all of the G-Sale friends, and thank you for creating this lovely post, Randy and Jessi. Miss you.

  4. Eric Browne
    Eric Browne says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful human. I did not know Ted until our work together on “G-Sale”. Not only was Ted an incredibly talented professional, he was nothing short of a delight to work with. The likes of people such as Ted is why I enjoy working in this creative industry. God bless you , I miss you friend.

  5. Henry Dardenne
    Henry Dardenne says:

    Ted took me under his large wings when I first came to town, an acceptance that was hard to find in the Seattle theatrical community at the time. I worked with Ted on GSale and on numerous VO projects and always found him to be an extremely generous Actor but also a real friend. He gave me a tour of his studio, the one where he painted, when he heard I was interested in the brush and really helped me understand impasto technique.
    Ted always made me feel included, accepted, which meant the world to me.
    Working on G Sale with Ted was the cherry.
    Thank you Ted, for everything, I miss you.

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