Retired SOSU professor turned actor dies at 73

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

A retired Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor turned professional actor died Friday of cancer. Dennis Letts was 73 years old.

Letts taught English at the university for 30 years, and then turned to acting staring in “Where The Heart Is,” the movie adaptation of the novel his wife wrote.

Most recently, he made his Broadway debut in his son's production of "August: Osage County."

Letts is survived by his wife and two sons.

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  • by Cathi Location: Durant on Apr 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    Dennis is so proud at this moment to know that Tracy has done so much!!!! Not only was Dennis a great teacher, he was a great friend and mentor. It shows no matter how backwoods and country people think southeastern Oklahoma is there is always gold which needs only to be mined. Knowing the Letts family was the gold I was able to mine because somehow I ended up in Durant. We had many great parties together....
  • by Laura Location: Pottsboro on Feb 26, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    For a more in depth article about Dennis, visit
  • by Laura Haworth Location: Pottsboro on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    Dennis Letts was an actor in 46 movies (see This was not mentioned. Billie Letts name was not mentioned. The names of his sons were not mentioned. He deserved a better article. I will miss being able to converse with him when he was at his wife's book signing (because he was very proud and devoted to her). My thoughts are with Billie Letts, Tracy, Shawn, and other members of the Letts family. At least something was written. Channel 10 didn't even mention his death.
  • by Brenda Location: Oklahoma on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    I had Mr. Letts in class. He was great. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot as well. His family will be in my prayers.
  • by Rodger Location: Gainesville, Tex on Feb 26, 2008 at 09:41 AM
    It was my great pleasure and honor to know and work with fellow actor Dennis Letts in several films, including Where the Heart Is. I am enormously saddened by the death of a very special person and a very special friend.
  • by Michelle Location: Sherman on Feb 26, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    I have both of her books they are great,,,she and her son will be in my prayers....
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