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Roy Dotrice, Tony-winning actor known for his role in the film ‘Amadeus,’ dies at 94

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, June 4, 2000, Roy Dotrice poses with his Tony award for Best
Roy Dotrice poses with his Tony Award in 2000.
(Richard Drew / Associated Press)

Roy Dotrice, a veteran British actor known for his performance in the Oscar-winning film “Amadeus” and many theater and TV roles, has died at his London home.

Dotrice, who played Leopold Mozart in “Amadeus,” died Monday, it was announced. He was 94.

He won many accolades throughout his lengthy career, including a Tony Award in 2000 for his role in the Broadway revival of “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”

Late in life, he appeared in early episodes of “Games of Thrones” as pyromancer Hallyne.

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Dotrice is remembered for his role in the CBS TV series “Beauty and the Beast” and won a BAFTA best TV actor award in 1969 for his role in “Misleading Cases.”

He gained many new fans later in his career as narrator for audiobook editions of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels, which helped inspire the TV fantasy “Game of Thrones.”

Dotrice was also a wireless operator and an air gunner with the Royal Air Force prior to his acting career. His plane was shot down and he was a prisoner of war from 1942 until 1945.

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He sometimes performed for other prisoners in shows designed to raise their spirits and took up acting full-time after the conclusion of World War II.

He was honored by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008 when he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Dotrice is survived by three daughters, Michele, Karen and Yvette; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. His wife, Kay​​​​​​​, died in 2007 after 60 years of marriage.

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UPDATES:

4:40 p.m.: This article was updated with information about Dotrice’s survivors.

This article was originally published at 2:15 p.m.


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