Brit stage, film and TV actor

James Hazeldine, Brit stage, film and TV actor who had just taken on a major role at the Royal National Theater, died Tuesday Dec. 17 in London after a short illness. He was 55 and had become ill Dec. 10, four days after beginning performances in the new Christopher Hampton play “The Talking Cure” at the National, in which he played Sigmund Freud. He was in intensive care before he died.

In paying tribute to the thesp, NT director Trevor Nunn observed Hazeldine was “a leading actor of minutely observed truthfulness, comic brio and emotional daring (who) was also a man of infectious enthusiasm, great warmth and humanity.”

Hazeldine is known to British television audiences as a star of “London’s Burning,” popular series about firefighters.

He had parts in numerous films including “Emma” in 1996, “Business As Usual” in 1988 and “Pink Floyd: The Wall” in 1983.

With the Royal Shakespeare Company, he played Troilus in “Troilus and Cressida,” John Clare in Edward Bond’s “The Fool” and Alcibiades in “Timon of Athens.”

He was TV’s first Jimmy Porter in “Look Back in Anger” and worked extensively as a director as well.

He made his Broadway debut in 1984 as Sam Evans in “Strange Interlude” with Glenda Jackson and returned as Harry Hope in Howard Davies’ production of “The Iceman Cometh,” starring Kevin Spacey.

He leaves a partner and two grown children.

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