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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). Born on the island of Guernsey, Dotrice served as an air gunner in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He was shot down, captured and spent three and a half years in a German POW camp, where he began acting in make-shift plays to amuse his fellow prisoners. Repatriated after the war, Dotrice studied acting at RADA and then began more than 15 years of repertory work in Liverpool, Manchester, and finally, in London with the forerunner of the Royal Shakespeare Company. During this period, he also directed more than 300 plays. Dotrice had a great success with the one-person show "Brief Lives", drawn from the Elizabethan diaries of John Aubrey, which he played for over 400 performances in London. For some time, this set a record for a solo performance and was listed in the "Guinness Book of World Records". He continued to make stage appearances, starring on Broadway in...

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).

Born on the island of Guernsey, Dotrice served as an air gunner in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He was shot down, captured and spent three and a half years in a German POW camp, where he began acting in make-shift plays to amuse his fellow prisoners. Repatriated after the war, Dotrice studied acting at RADA and then began more than 15 years of repertory work in Liverpool, Manchester, and finally, in London with the forerunner of the Royal Shakespeare Company. During this period, he also directed more than 300 plays. Dotrice had a great success with the one-person show "Brief Lives", drawn from the Elizabethan diaries of John Aubrey, which he played for over 400 performances in London. For some time, this set a record for a solo performance and was listed in the "Guinness Book of World Records". He continued to make stage appearances, starring on Broadway in "Mister Lincoln" (1980), "A Life" (1981), which earned him a Tony Award nomination, and a revival of Noel Coward's "Hay Fever" (1985-86), opposite Rosemary Harris.

Dotrice made his feature film debut in 1964's "Heroes of Telemark" and has made only sporadic appearances since. Among his credits are the musical comedy "Lock Up Your Daughters" (1969), the biopic "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971) and Milos Forman's Oscar-winning "Amadeus" (1984), in which he was Mozart's domineering father. His feature work picked up some in the 90s with a turn as the demanding skating coach in Paul M. Glaser's "The Cutting Edge" (1992) and supporting roles in "Swimming With Sharks" (1994) and the box office disaster "The Scarlet Letter" (1995).

Dotrice is perhaps best-known to audiences for his work on the small screen. In 1965, he starred in a British TV version of Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" and later reprised his one-man show, "Brief Lives". In the USA, Dotrice co-starred with Bette Davis in "Family Reunion" (NBC, 1981) and played British monarch King George IV in the syndicated miniseries "Shaka Zulu" (1986). Dotrice has lent his plummy voice and commanding screen presence to several small screen roles, including the CBS drama "Beauty and the Beast", as Jacob Wells, the urbane surrogate father to the Beast and nominal leader of a group of people who lived underground. As Dr Henry Croft on the short-lived ABC drama "Going to Extremes" (1992-93), he was the wealthy eccentric who founded a Caribbean island medical school. Dotrice was well-cast in the recurring role of Father Barrett, a Catholic priest and confidante of Judge Henry Bone (Ray Walston), on the acclaimed CBS drama "Picket Fences" (1993-95) and then appeared as Mr. Big in the short-lived spy comedy-drama "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (CBS, 1996).

Fresh from his Tony-nominated turn as Phil Hogan in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten", Dotrice returned to the small screen in the fall of 2000 as co-star of "Madigan Men". The ABC sitcom, about the romantic adventures of three generations living under one roof, reteamed the actor with his "Misbegotten" co-star Gabriel Byrne, but failed to impress audiences and was an early casualty of ratings.

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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.
7.
 Children of the Dark (1994) Dr Burnam
8.
 Cutting Edge, The (1992) Anton Pamchenko
9.
 Lounge People, The (1991) Jeeves
10.
 Suburban Commando (1991) Zanuck
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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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