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Charles Gray

Charles Gray, a British actor who chalked up more than 70 film and TV credits but is best known for his portrayal of the cat-loving villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever,” died March 7 of unreported causes in London. He was 71.

Gray, who also was the narrator in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” excelled in smooth, unsympathetic roles and played the bald, scarred Blofeld to acclaimed perfection.

The actor, born Donald Marshall Gray in Bournemouth, England, played in such films as “The Entertainer” (1960), “Night of the Generals,” “The Devil Rides Out” (1968), “Cromwell” (1970), “The Seven-Percent Solution” (1976), “Silver Bears” and “The Mirror Crack’d.”

On the BBC, he appeared in “The Comedy of Errors,” “Troilus and Cressida,” “Julius Caesar” and “King Richard II.” Other TV credits include productions of “An Englishman Abroad,” “Twelfth Night,” “A Room With a View,” “The Millionairess,” “Lady Windemere’s Fan,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Cherry Orchard.”

He played Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother, on several British series during the 1980s, and also appeared in the American miniseries “Scarlett” and “Ike.”

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