On Monday of this week, character actor Roy Dotrice died in his London home. He was 94.
Roy Dotrice had one of those careers that was so prolific for so long that he’s truly a multi-generational star. Depending your tastes or age, you could’ve come across him in George R. R. Martin’s Beauty and the Beast, best-picture winner Amadeus, Hellboy or Game of Thrones. Or, as he’ll always be known to a group of very particular women — Anton Pamchenko in the indie figure skating classic, The Cutting Edge.
Dotrice got his start in performance in a very unique fashion. Having lied about his age to join the British Air Force after the beginning of WWII, he wound up getting captured and spending three years as a German prisoner of war. In an effort to boost the morale of his fellow POWs, Dotrice started putting on makeshift plays and concerts.
When he returned to England, he pursued a career in the theater, and produced and directed over 300 plays on his own before becoming a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (then the Shakespeare Memorial Theater at Stratford) in 1957. Dotrice propelled his considerable classical theater experience in to a full-bodied career on Broadway, film and television.
He went on to become a perennial fixture in genre entertainment — in addition to the titles mentioned at the top of the article, he also appeared on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Zeus, on Angel as Roger Wyndam-Pryce, Wesley’s father, and lent his voice talents not only to the 1997 animated Spider-Man series, but the Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) audiobooks as well.
Dotrice was a true chameleon and leaves behind a legacy of true artistry and dedication. He is survived by three daughters and seven grandchildren.
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