Blog on Orbits
The obituary in the New York Times on Irish Actor Tom Murphy follows the typical lead. The person who died is named and identified by what he is best known for with his age noted at the end. Also included is when he died. The cause of death follows and then more about his acting career or claim to fame.
The soucres are, Annie Ryan, director of the theater ensemble he belonged to, Ben Brantley, a writer, who wrote an article on him.
The lead works because the main details that are important are right there, and the person can be identified so the reader know why they should care.
The obit does not have all the information that a resume would have. Only the important or most interesting information is in the story, not where the actor went to high school, but focusing rather on his life as an actor and the play he was best known for. The work that he was known for his mentioned. He has an award noted, but not all of his awards and not all of his life, just a bit of where he grew up and and how he got to being an actor. Nothing is so in depth to bore the reader.