Character Actor Henry Polic II Dies at 68

Henry Polic

Veteran character actor Henry Polic II died Sunday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.

Polic was best known for his TV roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Mel Brooks’ 1975 show “When Things Were Rotten,” Dracula in the 1976 series “Monster Squad,” and Uncle Jerry Silver in the ‘80s hit “Webster.” He also found cult fame in the ‘90s as the voice of Scarecrow in “Batman: The Animated Series.”

Aside from his acting gigs, Polic was also on TV screens as a game show player and host. He appeared on “The $25,000 Pyramid” and its later incarnation “The $100,000 Pyramid,” and hosted 1986’s “Celebrity Double Talk.”

Polic also worked in theater during his prolific career. He appeared in over 70 regional and local productions, including the world premiere of “Sister Act: The Musical,” in which he originated the role of Monsignor Howard. Meanwhile, his stage directing credits include Neil Simon’s “Fools,” a box office record-breaking production of “Dracula,” and the world premieres of Jim Geoghan’s “Two Gentlemen of Corona” and “Nebraska, Brine County Wedding.”

As celebrity auctioneer and event host, Polic helped raise over $2 million for numerous charities. He taught courses in acting at the Emerson College Los Angeles Center and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A.

A memorial scholarship fund has been established in Polic’s name at his alma mater — Florida State U.’s School of Theater. To contribute, contact Fred Salancy at fsalancy@admin.fsu.edu.

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  1. Beth Holm says:

    Henry was one of kindest people that I have ever known. He and my mom grew up together from infancy. Henry put his career on hold when his sister was diagnosed with Leukemia so he could move into her home and help take care of her and her children. Amazingly, she is still alive.

  2. Dear Henry, Some of us recall your astonishing Scrooge at North Hialeah Elementary School. You were amazing even as a kid. Godspeed. Janet Lombard

  3. Patty Hamilton Pekins says:

    Henry was dearly loved by my two brothers, Al and Brian. They all attended FSU together. Farewell Henry.

  4. Marcee A. says:

    Henry was a lovely man. Whenever I saw or spoke with Henry, he brought sunshine to my life. He was loved and will be missed. Marcee A. of Christopher Debbini, CPA

  5. Jim Melton says:

    A great Seminole has a new gig – hold on to your wallets as he hosts the great auction up there. Jim Melton @ Florida State

  6. Frank W says:

    I always remembered him from When Things Were Rotten. Certainly rotten, now. The theater will miss is talent but at least he’s without pain, at peace.

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