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Richard Karlan,

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Film and TV thesp Richard Karlan, died in Burbank, Calif. on September 10 of pneumonia. He was 85.

Karlan was born in New York and began his acting career on Broadway in the 1940s, appearing as the Mayor in “The Song of Bernadette” and producing as well as starring in “Comes the Revolution” with Wendell Corey, Will Geer, and Audra Lindley.

After moving to Hollywood, he began appearing regularly in films and television. His first film role was with William Holden in “Union Station” in 1950; his last with Julie Andrews in Robert Wise’s “Star” in 1967.

He appeared in TV shows including “The Missiles of October,” “The Untouchables,” “Get Smart,” “It Takes a Thief” and “Kojak.” His last television role was in 1984 in “Simon and Simon.”

In addition to his acting work, Karlan wrote two novels: “A Circle of Sand” and “Pageant Faded” about a former motion picture wunderkind who struggles for one last big Hollywood payday.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia, a literary agent.

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