Legit, film and TV actor Tim Choate died Sept. 24 in Los Angeles in a motorcycle accident. He was 49.Raised in Dallas, he appeared in theater productions while attending the U. of Texas in Austin and also attended Cornell University. He was active on stage in both New York and Hollywood. On Broadway, he appeared in “Crimes of the Heart” and “DA.” He also performed at the L.A. Shakespeare Fest in “Twelfth Night” and “Merry Wives of Windsor” as well as in the L.A. production of “Beyond Therapy.” Choate appeared in regional productions at the Long Wharf Theater, the Kennedy Center and the Berkshire Theater Festival. On film, some of his appearances included “Pearl Harbor”; several Merchant Ivory productions including “Jefferson in Paris,” “The Europeans” and “Jane Austen in Manhattan”; “Soapdish,” “Ghost Story” and the Oscar-winning short “Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall.” On television, he played Zathras on “Babylon 5″ and had a recurring role on “Newhart,” as well as appearing in several TV movies and guesting on shows including “The Practice” and “Diagnosis Murder.” At the time of his death, he was in rehearsals for “Macbett” at the Globe Theater in West Hollywood. He is survived by his wife Madalyn; a son, his father, mother and a sister. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Donations may be made to the Tim Choate Memorial Family Fund, P.O. Box 861355, Los Angeles, CA 90086.
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