Actor David Case, who recorded more than 700 books on audiotape, died Oct. 1 in El Sobrante, Calif. He was 73.
Born in 1932, he won a voice scholarship to a private school in Oxford. After compulsory army service, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The London-born actor’s two-decade recording career largely ended in 2000 when he developed throat cancer. Case, who refused to give up cigarettes, had a relapse earlier this year that resulted in the removal of his larynx. He read modern works such as Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity” and was known for excelling at British parts. That included recording 13 novels by Anthony Trollope, 36 by P.G. Wodehouse and the entire “Forsyte” chronicles by John Galsworthy.
The actor, who was primarily associated with Books on Tape and Blackstone Audiobooks (as Frederick Davidson), was one of the first inductees into a hall of fame started by the trade publication AudioFile.