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Roy Dotrice

  • Birthplace: Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
  • Birthday: May 26
Date of passing: 
October 16, 2017

Roy Dotrice was a British stage, film and television actor best known for his theatrical performances as John Aubrey in Brief Lives, Fagin in Oliver! and his final role in the television series Game of Thrones.

In the U.S., Dotrice was also known for his recurring role as Jacob “Father” Wells on the TV series Beauty and the Beast, as well as appearances on Magnum P.I., Remington Steele, Hart to Hart, The A-Team, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, The Equalizer, Wings, L.A. Law, Babylon 5, Picket Fences, Tales from the Crypt, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Touched by an Angel and Just Shoot Me.

Additionally, he had roles in the films Amadeus, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Cutting Edge, Nicholas and Alexandra, Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers, Suburban Commando, Swimming with Sharks, The Scarlet Letter, Alien Hunter, Played and Go Go Tales.

Dotrice served as a wireless operator and air gunner with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and was imprisoned in a German prisoner of war camp from 1942 to 1945. During his time as a prisoner he staged makeshift plays to keep up the morale of his fellow captives.

Roy Dotrice was a British stage, film and television actor best known for his theatrical performances as John Aubrey in Brief Lives, Fagin in Oliver! and his final role in the television series Game of Thrones.

In the U.S., Dotrice was also known for his recurring role as Jacob “Father” Wells on the TV series Beauty and the Beast, as well as appearances on Magnum P.I., Remington Steele, Hart to Hart, The A-Team, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, The Equalizer, Wings, L.A. Law, Babylon 5, Picket Fences, Tales from the Crypt, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Touched by an Angel and Just Shoot Me.

Additionally, he had roles in the films Amadeus, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Cutting Edge, Nicholas and Alexandra, Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers, Suburban Commando, Swimming with Sharks, The Scarlet Letter, Alien Hunter, Played and Go Go Tales.

Dotrice served as a wireless operator and air gunner with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and was imprisoned in a German prisoner of war camp from 1942 to 1945. During his time as a prisoner he staged makeshift plays to keep up the morale of his fellow captives.

After the war he began performing in and directing plays for repertory companies. He began his work in television in 1957, appearing on the British series Escape, Treasure Island and Onion Boys.

Dotrice died October 16, 2017, in London, England. He was 94.

 

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