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Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
OBE (26 May 1923 – 16 October 2017) was a British actor known for his Tony Award-winning performance in the 2000 Broadway revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten. He appeared in Amadeus (1984) as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father, Leopold. He also narrated the first five books in George R. R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Contents

1 Life and career

1.1 Radio 1.2 Theatre 1.3 Television 1.4 Game of Thrones 1.5 Radio and audiobooks

2 Personal life and death 3 Select filmography

3.1 Film and television 3.2 Voice acting

4 Honours 5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Dotrice was born in Guernsey
Guernsey
on 26 May 1923,[1] to Neva (née Wilton; 1897–1984) and Louis Dotrice (1896–1991).[2] He served as a wireless operator/air gunner with the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
during the Second World War, and was imprisoned in a German prisoner of war camp from 1942 to 1945.[3] Radio[edit] Dotrice was the voice of "Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Gregory Pitkin" in the early episodes of BBC
BBC
Radio's long-running comedy The Men from the Ministry.[3] He was succeeded by Ronald Baddiley in the role. He also played the caretaker Ramsay, alongside Patricia Hayes, in the Radio 4 sitcom Know Your Place.[4] Theatre[edit] Dotrice played the part of John Aubrey in the play devised and written by Patrick Garland
Patrick Garland
of Brief Lives, a one-man show that saw Dotrice on stage for more than two-and-a-half hours (including the interval [intermission], during which he would feign sleep).[3] Premiering in 1967 at the Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre
in London, the play had two tours on Broadway.[5] In 1968, it moved to the Criterion Theatre
Criterion Theatre
in the West End, where it would run for 400 performances before transferring to the Mayfair Theatre.[6] He revived the role in 2008, again under Patrick Garland's direction.[7] These runs, combined with extensive international touring, earned Dotrice a place in the Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records
for the greatest number of solo performances (1,782).[4] In 1984, he starred opposite Rosemary Harris in a production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever.[8] He appeared in the stage production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at The Lowry theatre in Salford from November 2009 to January 2010.[3] Television[edit] In the 1970s, Dotrice played the title role in the television mini-series Dickens of London.[8] He also appeared as Albert Haddock in the BBC
BBC
television adaptation of A. P. Herbert's Misleading Cases in 1971.[4] In 1972 he played the Curé Ponosse in the BBC2 TV adaptation of Clochemerle (1972).[9] He was known to North American audiences as Father in the 1980s American TV series Beauty and the Beast and Father Gary Barrett, a Catholic priest, in the 1990s series Picket Fences, although his acting career dates from 1945 in a revue called Back Home, performed by ex-POWs in aid of the Red Cross.[4] In an episode of Angel (1999), part of the Buffyverse, he played as Roger Wyndam-Pryce, the overbearing father of the character Wesley Wyndam-Pryce.[6] An earlier science-fiction role was Commissioner Simmonds in two episodes of the 1970s series Space: 1999. In 1998, Dotrice appeared in three episodes of the series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Zeus.[8] Dotrice was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1974 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Pinewood Studios.[3] Game of Thrones[edit] In June 2010, it was announced that Dotrice would be playing the role of Grand Maester Pycelle in the HBO
HBO
television series Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books.[5] Dotrice later withdrew from the part for medical reasons and Julian Glover
Julian Glover
was cast in his place.[10] Shortly after filming for the second season commenced, it was confirmed that Dotrice would be returning to play "Wisdom Hallyne the Pyromancer",[11] who is featured in the installments "The Ghost of Harrenhal" and "Blackwater".[11] Radio and audiobooks[edit] In 1982, BBC
BBC
Radio 4 broadcast Dotrice's reading of fellow Guernseyman G.B. Edwards' classic novel The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
in twenty-eight 15-minute parts on its Woman's Hour
Woman's Hour
segment.[12] The producer subsequently wrote that the serialisation was "without question the most popular serial I have ever done in the 500 or so I have produced in the last 21 years ...".[13] He subsequently performed "The Islander", a stage version of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, to critical success at the Theatre Royal Lincoln.[6] In 2012, AudioGO produced a complete and unabridged recording of Ebenezer Le Page, which is available on Audible.[13] Dotrice recorded audiobooks for each book in George R. R. Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire.[12][14][15] Dotrice also narrated many storybook adaptations for Disney Records, including The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
and Hercules, for which he was nominated for a Grammy
Grammy
award.[5] Personal life and death[edit] Dotrice was married to Kay Newman (1929–2007), a television and stage actress, from 1947 until her death in 2007.[16] They had three daughters—Michele, Yvette and Karen—all of whom have acted at various times in their lives. He was the father-in-law of actors Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(Michele) and Alex Hyde-White (Karen).[9] He particularly enjoyed baseball, fishing and football, and was a stalwart member of the Garrick Club. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in 2008.[9] Dotrice died at the age of 94 on 16 October 2017 in London. No cause was given.[6][9] He is survived by his daughters, Karen, Michele and Yvette, along with seven grandchildren.[6] Select filmography[edit] Film and television[edit]

The Heroes of Telemark
The Heroes of Telemark
(1965) – Jensen A Twist of Sand
A Twist of Sand
(1968) – David Garland Lock Up Your Daughters (1969) – Gossip Toomorrow (1970) – John Williams The Buttercup Chain (1970) – Martin Carr-Gibbons Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
(1971) – General Alexeiev Tales From The Crypt (1972) – Charles Gregory (segment 4 "Wish You Were Here") Hide and Seek (1972) – Mr Grimes Space: 1999 (1975, TV series) – Commissioner Simmonds Dickens of London
London
(1976, TV series) – Charles Dickens/Mr John Dickens Saturn 3
Saturn 3
(1980, voice overdub of Harvey Keitel) – Benson (voice, uncredited) Family Reunion (1981) – Lester Frye Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984) – The Evil Fuckaire/Ye Old Jailer Amadeus (1984) – Leopold Mozart Eliminators (1986) – Abbott Reeves Shaka Zulu (1986, TV series) The Wizard (1986, TV series) – Troyan Faerie Tale Theatre: "The Dancing Princesses" and "Rip Van Winkle" (1987, TV series) – The King/Peter Vanderdonk Beauty and the Beast (1987–90, TV series) – Jacob "Father" Wells Suburban Commando
Suburban Commando
(1991) – Zanuck The Cutting Edge
The Cutting Edge
(1992) – Anton Pamchenko Picket Fences
Picket Fences
(1992–1995, TV series) – Father Gary Barrett Going to Extremes (1992, TV series) – Doctor Croft Children of the Dark
Children of the Dark
(1994, TV) – Dr Burnham Swimming with Sharks
Swimming with Sharks
(1994) – Cyrus Miles Babylon 5: "The Fall of Night" (1995, TV) – Frederick Lantz The Scarlet Letter (1995) – Rev Thomas Cheever Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996; TV series) – Mr Big Like Father, Like Santa (1998 TV series) – Ambrose Booth Sliders
Sliders
(1999, TV series) – Marc LeBeau/The Seer/Archibald Chandler Madigan Men (2000, TV series) – Seamus Madigan Alien Hunter
Alien Hunter
(2003) – Dr John Bachman Angel (2003, TV series) – Roger Wyndam-Pryce Life Begins (2004; TV series) La Femme Musketeer (2004, TV mini-series) – Commander Finot These Foolish Things (2006) – Lord Carter Played
Played
(2006) – Jack Rawlings Go Go Tales
Go Go Tales
(2007) – Jay Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) – King Balor Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
(2012, TV series) – Hallyne

Sources:[3][6][9][17][18][19]

Voice acting[edit]

Watership Down
Watership Down
(audiobook) Robin Hood (TV series) The Prince and the Pauper
The Prince and the Pauper
(audio book) Batman: The Animated Series: "The Lion and the Unicorn" as Frederick Spider-Man (TV series) as Keene Marlow/The Destroyer The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
(audio book) The Death Gate Cycle Vol. 4: Serpent Mage (audio book) A Song of Ice and Fire
A Song of Ice and Fire
series (audio books)

Sources:[3][9][17][18][19]

Honours[edit] He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[20] References[edit]

^ Coveney, Michael (16 October 2017). " Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 October 2017.  ^ " Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
Biography (1925–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 24 February 2016.  ^ a b c d e f g "Roy Dotrice: Guernsey
Guernsey
actor dies aged 94". 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ a b c d "British actor Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
dead at 94". Fox News. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ a b c "'Game of Thrones' and 'Amadeus' actor Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
dies at 94". New York Daily News. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ a b c d e f "Veteran British actor Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
dies aged 94". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ Brief Lives revival"Aubrey". Retrieved 18 October 2017.  ^ a b c "Veteran British actor Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
dies aged 94". San Francisco Chronicle. 16 October 2017. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ a b c d e f " Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
star Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
dies aged 94". ibtimes.co.uk. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ "A Change on the Small Council". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.  ^ a b " Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
is Pyromancer Hallyne". WinterIsComing.net. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2012.  ^ a b " Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
actor dies: Set world record for narrating the show's audiobooks". EW. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ a b Edward Chaney, Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, (Blue Ormer Publishing, 2015) ^ "Most character voices for an audio book – individual". Guinnessworldrecords.com. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ "Game of Thrones: News – Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
is Pycelle and More". Westeros.org. Retrieved 24 February 2016.  ^ Passings, The Los Angeles Times, 9 August 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2014. ^ a b "Roy Dotrice". TV Guide. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ a b "Roy Dotrice, 'Game of Thrones' and 'Amadeus' Actor, Dies at 94". Variety. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ a b " Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
Biography". Hollywood. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ "No. 58557". The London
London
Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2007. p. 9. 

External links[edit]

Official website Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
on IMDb Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
at the TCM Movie Database Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Selected Performances at the Theatre Archive, University of Bristol Two Old Stagers Find Vigour in Brief Lives Roy Dotrice's appearance on This Is Your Life Roy Dotrice(Aveleyman)

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BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

1975–2000

Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1976) Bob Dishy (1977) Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn
(1978) George Rose (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Željko Ivanek / Adolph Caesar (1982) Alan Feinstein (1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Barry Miller / Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton
(1985) Joseph Maher (1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Peter Frechette (1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
/ Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1995) Martin Shaw (1996) Brian Murray (1997) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(1998) Kevin Anderson (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Charles Brown (2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty
(2004) Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg
(2005) Samuel Barnett (2006) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(2007) Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill
(2008) Pablo Schreiber
Pablo Schreiber
(2009) Santino Fontana
Santino Fontana
(2010) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(2011) Tom Edden (2012) Richard Kind
Richard Kind
(2013) Reed Birney (2014) K. Todd Freeman (2015) Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
(2016) Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

1949–1975

Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975)

1976–2000

Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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