Roy Dotrice

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/25/1923 in Channel Islands, , GB

Filmography

Actor (51)

Played 2014 (Movie)

Jack Rawlings (Actor)

Game of Thrones 2012 (Tv Show)

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Go Go Tales 2011 (Movie)

Jay (Actor)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 (Movie)

King Balor (Actor)

La Femme Musketeer 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Angel 2003 (Tv Show)

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Just Shoot Me 2003 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Promised Land 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Sliders 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Madigan Men 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Wings 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Strange Luck 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Earth 2 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Swimming With Sharks 1995 (Movie)

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The Scarlet Letter 1995 (Movie)

Thomas Cheever (Actor)

Going to Extremes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Cutting Edge 1992 (Movie)

Anton Pamchenko (Actor)

Suburban Commando 1991 (Movie)

Zanuck (Actor)

Beauty and the Beast 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Carmilla 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Lounge People 1990 (Movie)

Jeeves (Actor)

The Dancing Princess 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Eliminators 1986 (Movie)

Abbott Reeves (Actor)

Amadeus 1984 (Movie)

Leopold Mozart (Actor)

Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers 1984 (Movie)

Fucaire (Actor)

Family Reunion 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Mister Lincoln 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Saturn 3 1980 (Movie)

-Over (Voice)

Space: 1999 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 (Movie)

General Alexeiev (Actor)

Tales From The Crypt 1971 (Movie)

Charles Gregory (Actor)

Haendeligt Uheld 1969 (Movie)

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Lock Up Your Daughters! 1969 (Movie)

Gossip (Actor)

The Buttercup Chain 1969 (Movie)

Martin Carr-Gibbons (Actor)

Toomorrow 1969 (Movie)

John Williams (Actor)

The Heroes of Telemark 1964 (Movie)

Jensen (Actor)

The Criminal 1962 (Movie)

Nicholls (Actor)

Alien Hunter (TV Show)

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Carmilla (Movie)

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Children of the Dark (TV Show)

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Dickens of London (TV Show)

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Like Father, Like Santa (TV Show)

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Shaka Zulu (TV Show)

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The Lady Forgets (TV Show)

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Young Harry Houdini (TV Show)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

Louis Dotrice

Father

Neva Wilton Dotrice

Mother

Karen Dotrice

Daughter
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

Michele Dotrice

Daughter
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

Yvette Dotrice

Daughter
married to an insurance broker has three children

Kay Newman

Wife
met in repertory in 1945 married on August 8, 1947

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
attended on scholarship after WWII

Milestones

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"

1996

Had recurring role of Mr. Big on the short-lived CBS spy series "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"

1995

Acted in the ill-fated remake of "The Scarlet Letter"

1992

Portrayed the coach of skaters training for the Olympics in "The Cutting Edge"

1987

Cast as Arthur Conan Doyle in the ABC biopic "Young Harry Houdini"

1986

Portrayed British monarch George IV in the syndicated miniseries "Shaka Zulu"

1984

Cast as Mozart's father in the Oscar-winning "Amadeus"

1983

Starred in the title role of "Churchill", performed in L.A.

1981

Starred in "A Life" at Broadway's Morosco Theatre; earned Tony nomination

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

1977

Played Charles Dickens in "Dickens in London", a biographical drama aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater"

1970

Played featured role of a Russian general in the epic "Nicholas and Alexandra"

1968

Starred in "Lock Up Your Daughters"

1968

Headlined TV production of "Brief Lives" (BBC)

1967

Starred in one-person show, "Brief Lives," Hempstead Theatre Club, London; reprised show on Broadway in 1968

1965

Starred in acclaimed TV special "The Caretaker"

1964

Film debut, "Heroes of Telemark"

1955

Founded Guernsey Repertory Theatre; left in 1957

1944

London stage debut, "Back Home Revue", a benefit for the Red Cross performed by former prisoners of war

1941

Was held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany; inmates put on plays

Raised in Guernsey, The Channel Islands

Played recurring role of a Catholic priest on the award-winning CBS drama series "Pickett Fences"

Was a member of the acting company of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, which became Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961

Appeared with American Shakespeare Festival

Was series regular on the cult CBS drama "Beauty and the Beast", portraying the recluse who raised Vincent, the titular beast

Served as an air gunner in the Royal Air Force during WWII; shot down and captured by the Germans

Starred as a maverick doctor who founded his own medical school in the Caribbean in the short-lived ABC series "Going to Extremes"

Was a member of the Liverpool Repertory, Manchester Repertory and Oldham Repertory theatres

Bonus Trivia

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When he was 14 and the German army invaded Guernsey Island, Dotrice escaped in a motor boat.

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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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