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Douglas Seale

Douglas Seale, a British actor, director and producer whose career spanned six decades of stage, screen and television, died June 13 of natural causes in New York. He was 85.

Seale, stage-trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, made his theatrical debut in 1934 in “The Drums Begin” in London. During the next 60 years he acted in scores of stage productions in Britain, the United States, Canada and Ireland, and directed or produced numerous plays, specializing in Shakespeare.

Best known in America for his role in the 1983 Broadway production of Michael Frayn’s comedy “Noises Off,” for which he garnered a Tony nomination, Seale made his last appearance in a 1996 revival of John Osborne’s “The Entertainer.”

Seale’s film credits included “Amadeus” (1983), “Heaven Help Us” (1984), “I’m No Angel” (1990), 1992’s “Aladdin” (as the Sultan’s voice) and “For Love or Money.” On TV he appeared in “The Lucie Arnaz Show,” “Amazing Stories,” “Cheers” and “Rags to Riches.”

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