From VA Rep’s Facebook Page:
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we at Virginia Rep and throughout the Richmond theatre community mourn the loss of an actor, colleague and dear friend: Andrew Boothby.
Scott Wichmann graciously offered to share this thoughtful tribute to Andy:
“Andy was truly larger than life. It was perfect that his favorite drink was Moxie- he had it in spades. A proud transplant from the great state of Maine, Andy was a consummate pro, whether treading the boards or hitting his mark in such films as THE CONTENDER, MICKEY, HANNIBAL, and GUARDING TESS. He got his BA in Theatre from Shenandoah in ‘85 and worked virtually nonstop in every medium in the game. Andy was the definition of a rascal, always ready with a quick, inappropriate rejoinder— you could always see the joke forming in his mind. But he was also incredibly humble.
He was grateful. He was generous and friendly and welcoming and he loved his son, Taylor, to the moon and back. When Andy made good money on THE CONTENDER, I remember him smoking a cigarette outside the dressing room at Swift Creek Mill and he felt so relieved— he said: “I’m so glad I can give my kid a good Christmas this year.”
This business is so hard. The people in it have to be tough but gracious, hard but vulnerable. Andy will always be, to me, the definition of a really good actor. Someone who can move past personal disappointments, regroup, get on with the show and “give them a good one tonight.” There’s nobody else quite like our kilt-wearing bear-hugging big-hearted Boothby, and dammit, this life is cruel. He had so many roles left to play. See you on the boards, brother. I love you.”
Rest in peace, Andy. We all will miss you.
Additional Link to Richmond Times-Dispatch