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Michael St. Clair (1922-2001)

Veteran character actor Michael St. Clair died on Nov. 22. He was 78 years old. St. Clair was on his way to a callback audition in Hollywood with commercial casting director Danny Goldman when he suffered a stoke and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where he died the next day.

In addition to appearing in numerous commercials and music videos, St. Clair's many film credits included Von Ryan's Express, My Fair Lady, Our Man Flint, the Three Stooges' Around the World in a Daze, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Molly Maguires. On television, St. Clair guest-starred on such series as Mission Impossible, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Tarzan, Get Smart, Rockford Files, and Magnum P.I.

According to family and friends, St. Clair lived to entertain and celebrated a very full life right up until the end. In addition to fighting in World War II, St. Clair was a middleweight boxing champion in his native Australia. After the war, St. Clair moved to England, where he worked as a popular ventriloquist, even performing for the royal family. He returned to Australia to host a children's television program and later moved permanently to the U.S., where he began his acting career in 1962, appearing in The Notorious Landlady with Jack Lemmon and Kim Novak.

St. Clair is survived by his wife, Patricia, his two children, Shane and Sharon, and his stepsons, Brian Young, Steve Young, and Bob Young. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 16 at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood. (818) 769-6370.

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