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Veteran Actor Hal England Dead at 71

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Veteran Actor Hal England Dead at 71

Hal England, a veteran character actor who made scores of television appearances dating to the early 1960s and who also appeared in films and on Broadway, has died at age 71.

England died Thursday of heart failure at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

The North Carolina native, who began his career on the stage, understudied Robert Morse in Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," then went on to star in "Love Me Little" and "Say Darling."

England was also an original member of Joseph Papp's first season of Shakespeare in the Park in New York City, appearing in "Romeo and Juliet," "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "Macbeth."

He had small roles in several movies, including "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "Hang Em High" with Clint Eastwood and was one of the stars of the early 1960s TV series "The Clear Horizon."

He made perhaps his biggest mark as a TV guest star, appearing in many of the medium's most popular shows, including "Dr. Kildare," "F Troop," "My Favorite Martian" and "Bewitched" in the 1960s, "Cannon," "Barnaby Jones," "Lou Grant" and "Streets of San Francisco" in the 1970s, "Beauty and the Beast," "Quantum Leap" and "Murder, She Wrote" in the 1980s, "Andy Day Now" in the 1990s and "Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue" in 2000.

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