Family and friends of actor and writer Spalding Gray are anxiously awaiting news from New York police, after the depressed KATE + LEOPOLD star went missing on Sunday (11JAN04).

Cops in Manhattan and the Southampton area of New York, where Gray lives, have confirmed they're searching for the star who tried to commit suicide in 2001 following a long battle with depression.

His brother, ROCKWELL GRAY, admits Gray was in a troubled state when he saw him over Christmas (03).

He says, "I wouldn't say he was in a happy state. (But) it wasn't unusual. He's been in a fairly depressed condition for some time."

Gray's wife KATHLEEN RUSSO is refusing to discuss his disappearance.

The 62-year-old - who co-founded the experimental WOOSTER GROUP THEATER in New York in 1977 - is best known for writing and appearing in the autobiographical 1987 film SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA, for which he received two INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD nominations.

He has featured in such films as 1984's The Killing Fields, 1988's Beaches and 1994's THE PAPER.

13/01/2004 13:53