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Bruce Hlibok, deaf Broadway actor

Bruce Hlibok, a deaf actor who played on Broadway, died June 23 at his home in Jersey City, N.J. He was 34.

He died of pneumonia, his family said.

Mr. Hlibok (pronounced LEE-bock), who grew up in the New York City borough of Queens, graduated from the Horace Mann School in Manhattan and earned a bachelor's degree in playwriting from New York University in 1985.

He wrote several plays that ran off-Broadway, including Going Home in 1980, WomanTalk in 1984 and the Deaf Mute Howls in 1988.

But Mr. Hlibok first gained notice in 1978 when he portrayed one of the children from broken homes in the Joseph Papp production of the Elizabeth Swados play Runaways.

After an off-Broadway run, the musical went to the stage of the Plymouth Theater on Broadway. In a review in the New York Times, Richard Eder wrote, "Hlibok's mute gestures remain one of the haunting visual underpinnings to many of the songs."

Mr. Hlibok made several appearances on television, including a role as a student in the series the Equalizer, and as a guest performer on the 1978 Tony Awards ceremony.

He also wrote a book, Silent Dancer (Simon & Schuster, 1981), about how his sister, who also is deaf, learned ballet with the Joffrey Ballet School.

He is survived by his parents, Peggy and Albert, of Queens; his companion, William Fry of Jersey City; two brothers, Stephen, of Columbia, Md., and Gregory, of Queens, and a sister, Nancy Amann of Phoenix.

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