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‘Rhoda’ star David Groh dies at 68

Career spanned 40 years of film, TV, theater

Actor, director and producer, David Groh, best known as the husband of TV’s “Rhoda,” died of kidney cancer Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 68.

During the mid-’80s, the curly-haired Groh played the nefarious D.L. Brock on “General Hospital,” and his nearly 40 year career encompassed film, television and theater roles.

Born and raised in New York, Groh made his stage debut while still a student at Brown University, appearing at the American Shakespeare Festival in “Antony and Cleopatra” with Katharine Hepburn and Robert Ryan.

After graduating from Brown, Groh studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Scholarship. Returning to New York, he worked in Off Off-Broadway theater and studied directing with Harold Clurman and acting with Sandy Meisner and Lee Strasberg.

He returned to London in Lanford Wilson’s “Madness of Lady Bright,” which lead to a starring role in the original production of Wilson’s “Hot L Baltimore,” winner of the 1973 Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play.

On Broadway, he starred in Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” and Jon Tolin’s “Twlight of the Golds.”

His wedding to “Rhoda” star Valerie Harper was a highly rated TV event at the time, and when the characters divorced, viewers sent in letters of condolence thinking the divorce was real.

His TV roles include recurring appearances on “Law & Order,” “Baywatch” and “Police Story” and guest spots on shows including “The X-Files,” “Melrose Place,” “Murder She Wrote,” ‘L.A. Law,” “Dark Shadows” and “The Love Boat.”

On the bigscreen, Groh appeared in “Get Shorty,” “Two Minute Warning,” “Broken Vow,” “Victory at Entebbe” and “Last Exit to Earth.”

During the last few years, he appeared in several independent films, and was developing the film “Lower East Side Story,” with his wife, actress Kristin Andersen.

He taught Method acting at the Strasberg Institute for almost 20 years, and was a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, his mother and a sister.

Donations may be made to the Actor’s Studio, 8341 Delongpre Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

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