Charles Kimbrough, simplest identified for his work on CBS’s hit sitcom Murphy Brown, has died. He was as soon as 86.
Per his family, Kimbrough died of natural causes Jan. 11 at Southern California Sanatorium in Culver Metropolis, Calif.
Kimbrough’s agent, Donna Massetti of SMS Skills, acknowledged in an announcement: “[We] mourn the shortcoming of Charles Kimbrough, a consumer and friend for over 30 years. Whether or no longer on stage or in front of the digicam he was as soon as a pleasure to seem at.”
Kimbrough’s portrayal of heterosexual-confronted anchorman Jim Dial on Murphy Brown earned him an Emmy nomination for eminent supporting actor in a comedy series in 1990, in step with The Hollywood Reporter.
He regarded on all 247 usual episodes of the series when it aired from 1988 to 1998, and reprised his character for three episodes in the 2018 reboot, per The Unique York Times.
In a 2007 clip for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, Murphy Brown creator Diane English acknowledged that Kimbrough “wrote a whole biography for his character sooner than he began to play him.”
“Charlie is largely the most adorable, lanky, rubbery, candy, stunning man,” English added. “When he came in to read for us as Jim Dial, he introduced all of it there: ramrod posture, anchor converse, slicked-abet hair. He introduced a credibility to the character.”
In 2012, Kimbrough counseled The Wall Boulevard Journal, “Sadly, I’m if truth be told accurate at taking part in jackasses of one form or one more. I’ve continuously been pretty self-conscious as an actor, and I converse that now and then reads as pomposity.”
“Starting after I was as soon as 30, I come what might well gave off an impression at an audition that had them mentally build me in a 3-portion suit or build an attaché case in my hand,” he continued. “If there was as soon as a stiff-man part, the director would brighten up after I came in. That wasn’t the response I wanted. I was as soon as in anguish.”
CBS by plan of Getty
Kimbrough also voiced the puritanical gargoyle Victor in both of Disney’s involving The Hunchback of Notre Dame films and its plenty of video sport iterations.
Before his film and TV roles, Kimbrough was as soon as a seasoned Broadway passe, majoring in tune and theater at Indian University. He earned a Master’s level from the Yale College of Drama sooner than he took the stage, NYT reported.
He bought a Tony Award nomination for simplest featured actor in a musical in 1971 for his portrayal of Harry in the usual manufacturing of Stephen Sondheim’s Firm, in step with THR. He also played two characters in Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-a success Sunday with George, which opened in 1984.
In 1995, Kimbrough starred reverse Sarah Jessica Parker in the usual off-Broadway manufacturing of Sylvia. His most most up-to-date stage look was as soon as with Jim Parson in a 2012 revival of Harvey, per THR.
By no system omit a account — take a look at in for PEOPLE’s free day-to-day newsletter to defend up-to-date on the most realistic of what PEOPLE has to provide, from juicy superstar news to driving human-hobby stories.
Kimbrough is survived by his son John, granddaughter Cody, sister Linda, nephew Colin and stepdaughter Holly.