Peter Lombard, 79, stage actor and longtime Westbeth resident

Peter Lombard.
Peter Lombard.

veteran actor of the Broadway stage, Peter Kirk Lombard, 79, died March 28 after a long illness.

Lombard was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1933. A longtime West Village resident, he moved to New York in the late 1950s to pursue an acting career, and married Peggy Anne Watson in 1960.

He worked steadily on Broadway through the 1960s and ’70s, appearing in many plays, including “Generation” (opposite Henry Fonda), “Carnival,” “Promises, Promises” (as Jerry Orbach’s understudy), “Conquering Hero” (directed by Bob Fosse), “Pretty Belle” (opposite Angela Lansbury) and “1776” (as Thomas Jefferson).

He also appeared in Las Vegas in “Sweet Charity” (opposite Juliet Prowse), Off Broadway at BAM, and in many regional and summer stock productions.

He appeared at the White House twice in musicals and performed for two presidents.

After his successful stage career, Lombard opened The Salvage Barn, an antique store on Hudson St., known as much for its Broadway soundtracks and theater lore as its furniture.

An original tenant of Westbeth, Lombard was involved in many tenant councils during his 22 years there.

In 1992, Lombard and Peggy Anne opened a B&B in Upstate New York where he worked as a real estate broker until 2010. In 2011, they returned to New York City to be closer to their daughter, Jennifer, and her family.

Peter Lombard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Anne Lombard, his daughter, Jennifer Lombard, his son, Kirk Lombard, and three grandchildren. For condolences or information on the memorial, please contact thelombardsnyc@gmail.com.

Contributions in Peter Lombard’s name can be made to The Nature Conservancy.