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PASSINGS: Jay Robinson dies at 83; gained brief fame as Caligula in 'The Robe'
PASSINGS: Jay Robinson dies at 83; gained brief fame as Caligula in 'The Robe'

Jay Robinson, 83, a character actor who had a burst of fame after his film debut as Caligula in the 1953 biblical epic "The Robe" but saw his career take a downturn following his arrest for drug possession, died Friday at his home in Sherman Oaks, said longtime friend Lee Brandon. Robinson had congestive heart failure and had been in poor health since suffering a fall last year. Robinson, a New York native, was routinely labeled the "boy genius" of Broadway after a string of noteworthy performances in the early 1950s, highlighted by his role as the fop Le Beau in a 1950 production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" that starred Katharine Hepburn. He...

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