Donald Randolph, 87, veteran legit and film actor, died March 16 of pneumonia in Los Angeles.Randolph, who was born in Cape Town, South Africa, started acting in 1926, appearing in dozens of stock productions in California and New York. In 1932 he made his Broadway debut in the Charles Laughton starrer “Fatal Alibi,” in which he played the family butler. He subsequently appeared in more than 35 Broadway shows in featured and starring roles. In 1937 Randolph was hired for Maurice Evans’ Shakespearian company and for three seasons played Bolingbroke in “Richard III,” Horatio in “Hamlet” and the Earl of Worcester in “Henry IV.” His perf as Bolingbroke earned him a New York critics honor as the best supporting actor on Broadway between 1937 and 1940. In 1941 Randolph appeared with Gertrude Lawrence in the acclaimed “Lady in the Dark.” He returned to the Broadway stage in 1946 in the starring role of “Life With Father.” In Hollywood he appeared in numerous films, including “Mask for Lucretia, “”Bride of Vengeance,””The Silver Chalice,””The KhyberPatrol,””The Rawhide Years” and “Gunsmoke.” Randolph, who served for many years on the board of the Screen Actors Guild, received a resolution of commendation in 1985 for having served more than 20 years on the board of trustees of the SAG-Producers pension and health plans.
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