Pirie MacDonald Tutchings, 81, died April 19 in New Milford, the result of longterm effects of Parkinson's disease. He was a distinguished theatre, film and television actor and director.

He was educated at the Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass., Harvard University and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts.

MacDonald, as he was known professionally, served in the Armed Forces before making his Broadway debut in "Under Milk Wood" in 1957.

He was cast in six more Broadway productions over the next eight years, including "Henry IV" in 1960, "Big Fish, Little Fish" in 1961 and as Howard Wagner in the 1975 production of "Death of a Salesman."

His work as a television and film actor began in 1976, when he appeared as James Forrest in the mini-series "The Adams Chronicles."

He had roles in the films "Network" in 1976, "Masquerade" in 1988 and "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" in 1989. He also appeared in the television series "Law And Order" in 1991.

From 1965 to 1968, he was the associate director of the Seattle Repertory Co. In New York City, he was a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. He also appeared in leading regional theatres around the country.

In 1990, while rehearsing a play in Dallas, he suffered a gunshot wound to the head during a mugging that killed a fellow actor. The injury severely curtailed his career. Nevertheless, for several years he remained active, performing in and directing numerous staged readings in New York City, as well as various local productions in and around his hometown of Bridgewater. He also assisted playwrights in the development of their theatrical projects.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the noted ceramic artist Elizabeth MacDonald.

A memorial service will take place June 29 at 2 p.m. at Bridgewater Congregational Church on Clapboard Road in Bridgewater.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Channel 13, 825 Eighth Ave., New York NY 10019.