Beloved US stage and screen star Barnard Hughes has died after a brief illness. He was 90. The Tony and Emmy Award-winner, who has featured in a string of movies including The Lost Boys, HAMLET, TRON, Midnight Cowboy and CRADLE WITH ROCK, died in a New York City hospital on Monday (10JUL05), just six days before his 91st birthday. Hughes fell in love with showbusiness after auditioning for a play on a dare and went on to star in more than 400 Broadway, New York City, shows, according to theatre website broadwayworld.com. He made his Broadway debut in 1935 in HERSELF MRS PATRICK CROWLEY and returned to the stage after serving in the US Army in World War Two. After a string of movie roles in the 1960s and 1970s, Hughes made a big splash on Broadway in DA - a role which won him Tony and Drama Desk awards in 1978. He later recreated the role in the 1988 movie adaptation. His TV roles included a 1977 Emmy Award-winning performance on LOU GRANT. Hughes was awarded an honorary doctorate from Manhattan College, the school he'd dropped out of to become an actor, in 1992. Plans for a memorial gathering will be announced.