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Spalding Gray, Confessional Pioneer

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Spalding Gray, Confessional Pioneer

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Spalding Gray, Confessional Pioneer

Spalding Gray, Confessional Pioneer

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The body of actor and writer Spalding Gray was pulled out of New York's East River Sunday, two months after he was first reported missing. He was 62. Best known for a 1987 movie based on his monologue Swimming to Cambodia, Gray inspired a whole generation of performers with his groundbreaking confessional, humorous and disarming storytelling. NPR's Bob Edwards has a remembrance.