If You Know Dan Allar Please Read This…

This email was forwarded to me through several friends.  If you know Dan please keep him in your thoughts and prayers and forward this information to anyone else who may have known Dan.



Dear friends of First Folio,

First of all let me say sorry if you are getting this email and have already received this news, but we just wanted to make sure everybody was aware of what is going on.  Also, let me apologize if you are receiving this info for the first time through email – it was just the surest way to get a hold of everyone in time. 

As many of you know, “Big” Dan Allar has been struggling with cancer for about four years now, and is, unfortunately, losing the battle quickly.  At this point, doctors give him about a week left with us.  While physically weak, he is mentally still very much Dan, so calls and notes are more than welcome.  We just wanted to make sure all knew, and had a chance to say goodbye, if they would like.  

If you would like to call, the number is 708-492-0459.  If you want to visit, please call his wife, Gwen, ahead of time at the same number.  If you want to send anything, their address is 1851 Bellview ave Westchester, IL 60154. 

If you noticed that we’ve missed somebody on this list, please feel free to forward this information.  We’re doing our best to make sure everybody gets this news. 
If you have any questions about what is going on, or just want to talk, please feel free to call us here at the office.  We’re here. 

–  Hayley Rice.


First Folio Theatre

 I first met Dan when he was the Scene Shop Foreman at Bradley University.  Imagine my shock the first day I opened the Theatre door my freshmen year and was greeted by this 6’7’’ 300+ pound giant!  As I got to know Dan, I quickly learned that he was a gentle giant with a great heart and a terrific laugh.  He used to say a set was never finished until it was “Allarized”, which involved him jumping up and down on the platforms.  He joked that if a set can hold his weight then it will certainly hold all of us. 

 As an actor, Dan was superb.  His larger than life characters always commanded your attention and he was surprisingly light on his feet.   He went on to great success on the Chicago stages and even appeared as Avocado in the first two seasons of Fox’s Prison Break.  He was a great actor and a great man and will truly be missed. 




UPDATE:  Dan passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 10th.  You can read his Obituary here.


One comment on “If You Know Dan Allar Please Read This…

  1. I grew up with Dan, as I was good friends with his younger brother, who is my age. I knew the family as well as I have known anyone. I used to stay overnight there a lot as a kid, and I can still remember Dan making us laugh, and going out and bringing back donuts for us. As a scared freshman in high school, Dan was a big help to me. He was the senior class president, and really made my first year bearable.

    I was shocked when I heard about how bad he was, and saddened by the loss. Dan was one of those people nobody ever spoke badly of, everyone liked him. I have many memories of him growing up, and I do treasure them. I hope and pray for his family, that they will get through this difficult time. He left a great legacy, and I hope his family takes comfort in that.

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