A tall, classically trained character actor, Kimbrough began his career working on Broadway and came to prominence in two Stephen Sondheim musicals, "Company" (1970) and "Sunday in the Park With Georg...
Candice Bergen and her Murphy Brown castmates are to reunite to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the TV sitcom. Bergen will be joined by Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud on Thursday's (12Dec13) episode of daytime talk show Katie.
Bergen, who starred as the title character - a famous investigative reporter and news anchor for fictional TV news programme FYI, met up with her former co-stars Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Grant Shaud and Joe Regalbuto and series creator Diane English days after they reconvened for the TV Land Awards last weekend (14Apr12) for a Good Morning America special about their 10 years together.
English recalled how CBS network bosses tried to convince her actress Heather Locklear was better suited for the lead role, but she stood her ground and fought for Bergen - and she's glad she did, because the show went on to win multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards from the moment it launched in 1988.
English said, "There was not a character like her (Bergen) in television comedy until she came along."
And co-star Ford revealed Bergen, now 65, was an unlikely prankster onset.
Ford said, "She never stopped pranking us. I would be sitting there in the show... and I would feel water trickling down my face, and I would look up, 'Where is that water coming from?' and she (Bergen) would get the water in her mouth and she would stand above and just drizzle it on me!"
Acting stunned by the revelation, Bergen played dumb and dismissed the tale, joking, "I have no recollection of that!"
Returned to NYC stage to co-star with Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sylvia"
Made TV debut in "Rules of the Game", a PBS "American Playhouse" presentation
Breakthrough Broadway role, Harry in "Company"
Broadway debut in John Guare's "Cop Out"
Voiced a Gargoyle in Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Made feature debut in "The Front"
New York stage debut, "All in Love"
A tall, classically trained character actor, Kimbrough began his career working on Broadway and came to prominence in two Stephen Sondheim musicals, "Company" (1970) and "Sunday in the Park With George" (1984). Among his film credits are "The Front" (1976) and "Starting Over" (1979) and he provided the voice of one of the gargoyles in Disney's animated "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996). After years of work for PBS' "American Playhouse" and guest appearances on TV, Kimbrough was cast as the straight-laced, unemotional news anchor Jim Dial on CBS' "Murphy Brown" (1988-98).