Roy Dotrice’s family confirms his death, and the associated press reported to it. Roy Dotrice was a British actor who entered acting as a prisoner of war in Germany. Roy has also served in Britain and America for more than 60 years, distinctly in one-man shows portraying Abe Lincoln, the diarist John Aubrey and other classical personalities on stage.
Roy died at the age of 94 (6 less than a century, “he could actually be waiting for some more time”) today, at his home in London.
Roy Dotrice is best known for his Tony Award-winning Broadway show in the restoration of Eugene O’Neill’s ” A Moon for the Misbegotten” with Gabriel Byrne and Cherry Jones. He performed in Amadeus (1984) as the composer’s father, Leopold Mozart.
Evaluating the results in The New York Times, Ben Brantley penned, “To watch Ms. Jones, Mr. Byrne and Roy Dotrice, who completes the triangle of principal performers, react to one another is to realize the degree to which O’Neill’s last completed play is about how everyone is an actor, a deceiver, by necessity.”
Roy Dotrice was born in Guernsey, to Nee Wilton and Louis Dotrice. He worked in the Royal Air Force while the World War II and was confined in a German prisoner of war camp from 1942 to 1945.
Mr Roy Dotrice performed in more than 50 pieces in London, New York and many other cities, amazing 300 more as a young British repertory stalwart. He played for nine years with the group that became the Royal Shakespeare Company, took records of performances in television and Hollywood films, and became easy to a lot many people on television series and mini-series aired on both fronts of the Atlantic.
Roy was a very talented man. He was a popular narrator on albums and audiobooks. He narrated the epic tales of “The Lion King,” the adventures of Richard Adams’s rabbits in “Watership Down” and the innumerable characters of “A Song Of Fire And Ice”, the whimsical imagination books by George R. R. Martin that were modified for the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.” He also had a small role in “Game of Thrones,” as Hallyne the pyromancer, the head alchemist in the city of King’s Landing.
But Mr Roy Dotrice was reasonably famously known for single-man shows, including “Brief Lives,” a portrayal of the 17th-century author John Aubrey.
“Brief Lives,” grew one of the most flourishing single productions of its age, and won Roy Dotrice a remark for a point in the Guinness Book of Records, with 1,782 nonconsecutive plays.
On television, he represented Charles Dickens in Masterpiece Theater’s 13-part “Dickens of London” (1976); a British sovereign in the mini-series “Shaka Zulu” (1986); the father of the beast on the CBS crime series “Beauty and the Beast” (1987-90); and a clergyman on the CBS dramatic series “Picket Fences” (1993-96). In fresh times he taped many audiobooks, performing voices for centuries of casts in the saga adapted for “Game of Thrones.”
“Paul Robeson played first base, Sam Wanamaker second and Laurence Olivier third,” he stated. “Peter O’Toole was shortstop, Albert Finney was catcher, I pitched and Charles Laughton was umpire. We wore black tights and white Hamlet blouses. The women said, ‘Never mind the game, look at their legs.”
We will miss you artist.