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Born: May 26, 1923 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Channel Islands, , GB Profession: actor

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A distinguished British actor of the stage who has played numerous supporting parts in TV and film, Roy Dotrice has performed in everything from the classics to contemporary fare and even risen to cult status amongst fans all over the world who know and love him as Father on the American TV series "Beauty and the Beast" (CBS, 1987-90).

A distinguished British actor of the stage who has played numerous supporting parts in TV and film, Roy Dotrice has performed in everything from the classics to contemporary fare and even risen to cult status amongst fans all over the world who know and love him as Father on the American TV series "Beauty and the Beast" (CBS, 1987-90).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Played (2007)
3.
 Go Go Tales (2007)
4.
 Alien Hunter (2003) Dr John Bachman
5.
 Scarlet Letter, The (1995) Thomas Cheever
6.
 Children of the Dark (1994) Dr Burnam
7.
8.
 Cutting Edge, The (1992) Anton Pamchenko
9.
 Suburban Commando (1991) Zanuck
10.
 Lounge People, The (1991) Jeeves
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Raised in Guernsey, The Channel Islands
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Served as an air gunner in the Royal Air Force during WWII; shot down and captured by the Germans
1942:
Was held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany; inmates put on plays
1945:
London stage debut, "Back Home Revue", a benefit for the Red Cross performed by former prisoners of war
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Was a member of the Liverpool Repertory, Manchester Repertory and Oldham Repertory theatres
1955:
Founded Guernsey Repertory Theatre; left in 1957
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Was a member of the acting company of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, which became Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961
1964:
Film debut, "Heroes of Telemark"
1965:
Starred in acclaimed TV special "The Caretaker"
1967:
Starred in one-person show, "Brief Lives," Hempstead Theatre Club, London; reprised show on Broadway in 1968
1968:
Headlined TV production of "Brief Lives" (BBC)
1969:
Starred in "Lock Up Your Daughters"
1971:
Played featured role of a Russian general in the epic "Nicholas and Alexandra"
1977:
Played Charles Dickens in "Dickens in London", a biographical drama aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater"
1980:
Appeared on Broadway in the one-person drama "Mr. Lincoln" at the Morosco Theater; reprised on NBC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" the following year
1981:
Starred in "A Life" at Broadway's Morosco Theatre; earned Tony nomination
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Appeared with American Shakespeare Festival
1983:
Starred in the title role of "Churchill", performed in L.A.
1984:
Cast as Mozart's father in the Oscar-winning "Amadeus"
1986:
Portrayed British monarch George IV in the syndicated miniseries "Shaka Zulu"
1987:
Cast as Arthur Conan Doyle in the ABC biopic "Young Harry Houdini"
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Was series regular on the cult CBS drama "Beauty and the Beast", portraying the recluse who raised Vincent, the titular beast
1992:
Portrayed the coach of skaters training for the Olympics in "The Cutting Edge"
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Starred as a maverick doctor who founded his own medical school in the Caribbean in the short-lived ABC series "Going to Extremes"
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Played recurring role of a Catholic priest on the award-winning CBS drama series "Pickett Fences"
1995:
Acted in the ill-fated remake of "The Scarlet Letter"
1996:
Had recurring role of Mr. Big on the short-lived CBS spy series "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
2000:
Co-starred on stage in "A Moon for the Misbegotten", featuring Cherry Jones and Gabriel Byrne; earned Tony as Featured Actor in a Play
2000:
Reteamed with Byrne as co-stars of the short-lived ABC sitcom "Madigan Men"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

When he was 14 and the German army invaded Guernsey Island, Dotrice escaped in a motor boat.

Dotrice's stage and screen credits have earned him many fans--thousands of whom belong to the official Roy Dotrice Fan Association or one of the many "Beauty and the Beast" fan clubs that organize conventions where fans can meet Dotrice in person and discuss his work. Despite his adoring fans, happy family life and successes on both stage and screen, Dotrice insists his greatest accomplishment was actually introducing baseball into what had been a cricket stronghold. He fondly recalls how in 1959 he pitched for his team, which included at first base, Paul Robeson (Othello); second base, Sam Wanamaker (Iago); third base, Laurence Olivier (Coriolanus); short stop, Peter O'Toole (Shylock) with Charles Laughton (King Lear) as plate umpire and Albert Finney as catcher.

--Source: Playbill

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wife:
Kay Newman. Actor. Met in repertory in 1945; married on August 8, 1947.

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father:
Louis Dotrice.
mother:
Neva Wilton Dotrice.
daughter:
Michele Dotrice. Actor. Born on September 27, 1948; married to actor Edward Woodward with whom she has one daughter; stepdaughter Sarah Woodward was nominated for Tony Award in 2000.
daughter:
Karen Dotrice. Former actor. Born in 1955; known for roles in "Mary Poppins" and "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"; married to film executive Ned Nalle; has three children.
daughter:
Yvette Dotrice. Actor. Married to an insurance broker; has three children.
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