Roy Dotrice (Seamus Madigan)

July 2000

Tony Award Winner Meets
with Beauty and the Beast Fans

 

Photo by: Sharon Laurents

(Note the Tony Award Tux)

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Burbank, CA -- Tony Award winner Roy Dotrice drove 5 hours
specially to meet with fans of the Beauty and the Beast TV series from
the United States and Europe who recently met here for their Eleventh
Annual International Convention.
Dotrice played Father in the 1987-1990 series on CBS.
The modernized romantic story concerned Catherine (Linda Hamilton),
the 'Beauty,' a socialite crime-fighting lawyer in New York City, and
the noble Shakespeare-quoting 'Beast,' Vincent (Ron Perlman),
who lived in a tunnel community below the city streets. The critically
acclaimed series garnered eight Emmys and quickly developed
an international fandom rivaling Star Trek's.
Earlier this year, the British actor achieved a grand slam on Broadway for his role as Phil Hogan, the drunken pig-farmer father in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten. The Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics' Circle, and the American Theater Wing's Tony Awards voted him the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
Between Beauty and the Beast and his Broadway triumph, Dotrice has starred in the series Going to Extremes, and had a recurring role in Picket Fences, and significant roles in The Cutting Edge and The Scarlet Letter. He also narrated the audiotape of Disney's version of Beauty and the Beast and the video
The Prince and the Pauper
. This fall, he will co-star as the Irish
father of his'Misbegotten' co-star Gabriel Byrne in ABC's comedy
The Madigan Men.
Roy Dotrice has attended several of the International Beauty and the Beast conventions. "At the one in Austin," Pat Jackson of
La Marque, Texas recalled,"many of us gathered around him in the hotel
lounge as he read poetry, both Shakespearean and that composed by fans.
He got teary-voiced when he read one concerning Father."
Dotrice and co-star Ron Perlman had not been expected at the
Burbank convention, but surprised the attendees by stepping in unannounced
during a banquet. Fans eagerly made extra donations to the San Diego
Area Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society to have their
pictures taken with each actor. Beauty and the Beast fans have raised
well over $100,000 for charities such as pediatric AIDS, women's
shelters, and the MS Society. "The show underlined that Helpers aided those less fortunate," said Jackson. "We've carried that over into our lives, both at our conventions, and in our communities."
Other guests at the Burbank convention included Edward Albert (Elliott Burch), David Greenlee (Mouse), Jay Acovone (Joe Maxwell), Lee Holdridge (composer), and Margaret Beserra (makeup artist who made Perlman over into his man/beast character). The next convention will take place in
New York City in July, 2001.Reruns of the series air on the Odyssey cable channel at 12 Midnight CDT weekdays, 10 P.M. Sundays.
...with thanks to Pat Jackson and Nan Dibble of "Beauty and the Beast's" Helpers' Network.

March, 2000 Biography

Roy Dotrice began his acting career in a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942, having been shot down after flying with the Royal Air Force Bomber Command. He was born in Guernsey and was a school boy when the Germans occupied the island in 1940. He escaped to England, "advancing" his age to enlist in the R.A.F. After his release in 1945, he went into repertory where he met and married his leading lady, Kay Newman. After 53 years of marriage they produced an acting dynasty as all three of their daughters became actresses. In 1957 Roy joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing leading roles with them for nine years. During this period he performed in all of Shakespeare's plays and worked with the world 's greatest actors and directors. Roy considers his greatest achievement was to introduce baseball into what had been a cricket stronghold, and in 1959 he pitched for his team that included at first base, Paul Robeson (Othello); second base, Sam Wanamaker (lago); third base, Laurence Olivier (Coriolanus), short stop, Peter O'Toole (Shylock); Charles Laughton (Lear) was plate umpire and Albert Finney was his catcher. He has appeared in ten Broadway productions, including three one-man shows: Brief Lives (Golden 1968), Mister Lincoln (Morosco 1980), Brief Lives (Booth 1974). He received a Tony nomination for A Life and won a Tony for his recent work in the play A Moon for the Misbegotten (which also starred Gabriel Byrne). On television he was a regular in four television series: "Beauty and the Beast," "Going to Extremes," "Picket Fences," and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." As well as the BBC-produced "Dickens of London" guest starring in dozens of series, including a recurring role in "Murder She Wrote." Some of his films include The Scarlet Letter, The Cutting Edge, Amadeus and Swimming with Sharks. He has homes in Hollywood and London's Covent Garden.

 

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