Molly Glynn, Chicago actress, killed in storm

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Chicago actress Molly Glynn, and her husband, Joe Foust.

Molly Glynn, 46, the redheaded actress with great comic flair, who appeared on countless Chicago stages, and had a recurring role on NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” died Saturday morning at NorthShore Evanston Hospital. The actress, who was bicycling with her husband, fellow Chicago actor Joe Foust, during Friday afternoon’s torrential thunderstorm, was hit by a falling tree in the north suburban forest preserve of Erickson Woods, near Northfield. She was brought to the hospital in critical condition and never rallied.

“She was a beautiful leading lady with character actress abilities and extraordinary range,” said BJ Jones, artistic director of Northlight Theatre, where Glynn was most recently seen in “Tom Jones” and “The Odd Couple.”

Among her many credits were: “Middletown” and “Orange Flower Water” at Steppenwolf Theatre; “The Uneasy Chair” at Writers’ Theatre; “Maple and Vine” at Next Theatre,; Kate in the Short Shakes! version of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; and work at First Folio, American Blues Theatre; Seanachai Theatre, Famous Door, Goodman, Remy Bumppo, Apple Tree, and others. In addition to “Chicago Fire,” she appeared in “Boss” (Starz), and “Early Edition” (CBS).

Glynn leaves her husband, Joe Foust, and two teenage sons by a previous marriage, Chance and Declan. Funeral plans are still to be announced.

Actress Molly Glynn (right), with Jenny Avery (left) in the Next Theatre production of “Maple and Vine.”

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