Theatre director/actor Phillip Hayes Dean has died at the age of 83.

Dean passed away following an aortic aneurysm on Monday (14Apr14) in Los Angeles.

The playwright was best known for his Paul Robeson Broadway production, which opened in New York in 1978 and starred James Earl Jones as the singer and actor.

He most recently directed a revival of the play at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in California with Keith David as the lead.

His other works include The Last American Dixieland Band, Moloch Blues, The Owl Killer and Dink's Blues and The Sty of the Blind Pig.