Charles Kimbrough, 'Murphy Brown' actor, dies at 86

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LOS ANGELES — Charles Kimbrough, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated character who played a straight-laced news anchor other Candice Bergen connected “Murphy Brown,” died Jan. 11 successful Culver City, California. He was 86.

Kimbrough played newsman Jim Dial crossed nan 10 seasons of CBS deed sitcom “Murphy Brown” betwixt 1988 and 1998, earning an Emmy information successful 1990 for outstanding supporting character successful a drama series. He reprised nan domiciled for 3 episodes successful nan 2018 reboot.

The New York Times first reported his decease and his boy and agents confirmed it Sunday to The Associated Press.

“Whether connected shape aliases successful beforehand of nan camera he was a joyousness to behold,” said SMS Talent, Inc., nan talent agency that represented Kimbrough.

The agency said nan character died of earthy causes successful a hospital.

Kimbrough’s wife, actor Beth Howland who played diner server Vera on nan 1970s and ’80s CBS sitcom “Alice,” died successful 2016. They joined successful 2002, much than a decade aft his 1991 divorcement from his first wife, Mary Jane (Wilson) Kimbrough, who died successful 2007.

SMS Talent said Kimbrough is survived by a sister, Linda Kimbrough, a son, John Kimbrough, a stepdaughter, Holly Howland, and a granddaughter, Cody.

Born May 23, 1936, Kimbrough spent years successful nan New York theatre scene. He was nominated for a Tony successful 1971 for his Broadway capacity successful nan Stephen Sondheim philharmonic “Company.”

Kimbrough besides lent his sound to a gargoyle named Victor successful Disney’s animated movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”