A hefty comedian and character actor who played his way through 30 years of shows and films, Royce D. Applegate may be best recognized for his single-season run on the undersea series "SeaQuest 2032". Applegate studied economics at the University of Oklahoma before entering the corporate working world. Tiring of that scene, he quit to become a DJ and comedian, opening shows for singer Jose Feliciano and performing in the improv troupe The Committee. Making the move to Los Angeles, he soon found his way to television, with a debut spot on the sitcom "That Girl", about an independent actress played by Marlo Thomas. Further parts followed with regular appearances on many hit shows, including "Starsky and Hutch", "CHiPs", and "The Dukes of Hazzard". While his feature roles have often been on the small side, he has shown up in such classic comedies as "Splash" and "History of the World: Part I". In a rare chance to repeat a film part, he played Confederate General James L. Kemper in two Civil War films, "Gettysburg" and its sequel "Gods and Generals". He played a regular role on the undersea adventure "SeaQuest 2032" alongside lead Roy Scheider, though Applegate's part was dropped after the show's first season. Over the years, Applegate occasionally wrote for film and TV, including the comedy feature "Loose Shoes" and an episode of "Welcome Back, Kotter". He died in a house fire in his Hollywood Hills home at age 63.