Lou Fant

Sign-language wizard

The son of Deaf parents, Lou Fant was an actor, an interpreter, a founding member of the National Theatre of the Deaf, and a teacher who did much to popularize American Sign Language. He had small roles in movies such as The Pom Pom Girls (1976) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). His first major film role was in Amy (1981). He guest-starred in such popular TV shows as Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, and Cheers, served as sign-language coach for Children of a Lesser God (1986), authored the still-popular American Sign Language Phrase Book (1994), and was Lead Instructor at Seattle Central Community College’s Interpreter Training Program from 1989 to 2000. He died of complications of pulmonary fibrosis in 2001, and is still much missed.

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