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Phil Roth

Longtime stage, screen and character actor

Phil Roth, longtime stage, screen and character actor who appeared in such feature gems as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Catch-22” and “Harry and Tonto,” died July 15 of colon cancer in Los Angeles. He was 74.

He began his career on the stage and acted in national tours of “How to Succeed in Business,” “The Great Waltz,” “Silk Stockings” and “Can Can” and co-starred with Donald O’Connor in “Little Me.”

TV guest shots included “Charlie’s Angels,” “Barney Miller,” “Get Smart” and “Cagney and Lacey.”

Among his film credits were Woolsey in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Harry and Tonto” (for which Art Carney won an Oscar for best actor) and “What’s Up, Doc?” His last appearance was in the independent film “The League of the Old Men.”

Roth’s last stage appearance was in the long-running play “Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral.”

A native of Kansas City, Mo., he served in the Army during WWII and afterward moved to New York City. He later studied acting with Lee Strasberg and was remembered as the only person to do a scene with Marilyn Monroe at the Actors Studio.

Survivor info wasn’t available.

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