Stephen Lee, Character Actor in ‘Burlesque,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ Dies at 58

Stephen Lee Obit Dead

Stephen Lee, a talented character actor who spent more than three decades in the business, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 58.

Some of his more notable credits include the films “Burlesque” (2010), with Cher and Christina Aguilera; “The Negotiator” (1998), with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and, much earlier, 1983’s “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick.

Lee also did a great deal of TV work, with credits dating back to “Hart to Hart” in 1981 and “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Who’s the Boss?” in 1984.

The actor’s more recent TV credits include “NCIS,” “Numbers,” “Bones” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and he worked last in 2010.

On the way he appeared on such TV shows as “thirtysomething,” soap “Santa Barbara,” “Family Ties,” “Night Court,” “Roseanne,” “Quantum Leap,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Babylon 5,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Seinfeld.”

Other films in which he appeared included “La Bamba” and “RoboCop 2.”


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  1. Mark says:

    RIP good sir!

  2. Cindy Schaeffer says:

    I love Burlesque but I don’t remember him in it. Is he maybe the guy who was Christina A’s boss in the first little bit? That is the only one I can thin of that looked like him.

  3. rocky-o says:

    i remember him most as tony b. from ‘nash bridges’…he was great…

  4. ritchie v says:

    Labamba is in my top 5. Helooooooooooooooooooooo Baaaabay!!

  5. The first thing I thought was “it’s the carpenter from Seinfeld!” Character actors are the unsung element that hold together the best of productions. When one of these talents passes we feel it, even if we don’t always remember their names. He was one of those essential elements and I’m sorry to hear that he’s gone. And so young too.

  6. pacocean says:

    Overweight. Not good.

  7. Matthew says:

    Hi Carmel

    I don’t think it was Laurence Fishburne but Samuel L Jackson in the Negotiator.


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