‘Murphy Brown’ actor Charles Kimbrough dies at 86
Charles Kimbrough, who starred opposite Candice Bergen in 10 seasons of “Murphy Brown,” died Jan. 11 in Culver City, Calif. He was 86 years old.
Her son, Jim Kimbrough, confirmed her death to The Associated Press.
Kimbrough has won television awards for portraying news anchor Jim Dial for a decade on the CBS sitcom.
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In 1990, Charles received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In the 2018 reboot, he reprized his role for three episodes.
Before making a name for himself on television, Kimbrough was also known in the theater community.
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He earned a 1971 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor for his role as Harry in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”
Kimbrough later appeared in another Sondheim production, “Sunday in the Park with George”.
The Minnesota native enjoyed all aspects of the business and voiced the gargoyle Victor in the 1996 animated tale “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
He used his voice acting skills for the 2002 sequel and also in several video games.
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Kimbrough’s wife, actress Beth Howland, who played waiter Vera on the CBS sitcom “Alice” in the 1970s and 1980s, died in 2016.
They married in 2002, more than a decade after his 1991 divorce from his first wife, Mary Jane (Wilson) Kimbrough, who died in 2007.
Kimbrough is survived by a sister, Linda Kimbrough, a son, John Kimbrough, and a daughter-in-law, Holly Howland.
Charles’ cause of death has not been confirmed.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.