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Roy Dotrice
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    (May 26, 1923-October 16, 2017)
    Born in Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
    Appeared in the films ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’ (1969), ‘Nicholas and Alexandra’ (1971), ‘Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers’ (1984), ‘Amadeus’ (1984), ‘Swimming with the Sharks’ (1994), ‘The Scarlet Letter’ (1995), ‘These Foolish Things’ (2006) and ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ (2008)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘Brief Lives’ (1967,1974), ‘Mr. Lincoln’ (1980), ‘Hay Fever (1985-86), ‘The Homecoming’ (1991) and ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’ (2000)
    Portrayed Albert Haddock in ‘Misleading Cases’ (1967-71) and Charles Dickens in ‘Dickens of London’ (1976)
    Had recurring roles in the TV series ‘Treasure Island,’ ‘The Wizard,’ Beauty and the Beast, ‘Going to Extremes,’ ‘Picket Fences,’ 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' and ‘Life Begins’
    Won a BAFTA Award as Best TV Actor for ‘Misleading Cases’ (1969)
    Won a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’ (2000)
    Named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (2008)
    Father of actresses Karen and Michele Dotrice
    He lied about his age to join the RAF at 16.
    While interned in a German POW camp during World War II, he was called on to play the female roles in plays staged by the prisoners because ‘I was the youngest and the prettiest.’
    He turned down a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
    He was originally cast as Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones, but withdrew for health reasons and was replaced by Julian Glover. (He did appear in two episodes of season two as alchemist Wisdom Hallyne the Pyromancer.)
    He introduced baseball to the Royal Shakespeare Company; in a 1959 game against an American Air Force base, he pitched for a team that featured Paul Robeson at first, Sam Wanamaker at second, Laurence Olivier at third, Peter O’Toole at shortstop, and Albert Finney as catcher (putting a new twist on the concept of an ‘All-Star’ team).
    He made the Guinness Book of Records for most performances of a one-man show, having portrayed John Aubrey in ‘Brief Lives’ over 1,700 times. (The record was later broken by Hal Holbrook’s ‘Mark Twain Tonight!’)
    He made Guinness again, for voicing the largest number of characters in an audiobook: 224 in George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ (the series that inspired ‘Game of Thrones’).
    His wife Kay Newman died six days before their 60th anniversary.

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