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TV, stage vet Bergere dies

Actor appeared in more than 200 TV shows

TV and stage actor Lee Bergere died of natural causes on Jan. 31 in Brentwood, N.H. He was 88.

During his 60-year career, he appeared in more than 200 television shows, and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln on “Star Trek.” He also appeared in the role of Joseph Aynders on “Dynasty.” His other TV credits include “Bonanza,” “Get Smart,” “My Favorite Martian,” “North and South,” “Falcon Crest,” “Soap” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Born in Brooklyn, he began his career in 1936, as understudy to Danny Kaye in the Broadway production of “Lady in the Dark.” His television debut was with James Dean in the live production of “Thunder on Sycamore Street.”

Bergere appeared onstage in the 1967 Los Angeles production of “Man of La Mancha,” as well as in productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “Candide” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

He served in WWII and was in charge of entertainment services for GIs serving in North Africa.

He is survived by a daughter and a grandson.

Donations may be made to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833.

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