Friends and family pay tribute to thespian Glenn Cannon

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Glenn Cannon was an actor, a director, a teacher, and a mentor.

Saturday afternoon family, friends, and students gathered to celebrate his life.

They paid tribute to him on stage through song at University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Kennedy Theatre.

Cannon passed away in April. He was a professor of theatre at UH Manoa for 45 years.

During his career he performed on Broadway, off Broadway, on tour, on TV, in movies and directed more than 160 plays.

“When he’d see you he’d light up and that light up made you feel like the most special person in the world,” HPU professor of theatre Joyce Maltby said.

“He impacted hundreds of people in person and hundreds of thousands of people on film,” said John A. Burns School of Medicine associate professor and community theater performer Kalani Brady said. “You just had to trust, but once you did what he said, it was magic on the stage.”

Cannon is survived by his wife Samsil, and his son Caleb.

He was 80 years old.

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