On Sunday night, actor Jeffrey Charles Norton was found in his St. Petersburg home, apparently bludgeoned to death. His passing is a shock to everyone in the theater community and an immeasurable tragedy.
I didn't know Jeff very well, but I reviewed him numerous times, and I produced one interview with him in the first years of my life as CL's theater critic. What I did know, even in 1998 when I started this job, was that he was the most respected actor in the Tampa Bay area, and the model of a serious approach to performing. Other actors spoke of him with reverence, and when Norton took the stage over the years for example in Camping with Henry and Tom at American Stage, or The Crucible at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, or Uncle Vanya at Banyan Theatre in Sarasota the audience was treated to a distinguished performance by a consummate craftsman.