Charles Kimbrough

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Charles Kimbrough
Charles Kimbrough at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Kimbrough at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards, September 17, 1989
Born(1936-05-23) May 23, 1936 (age 77)
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Beth Howland (unknown)
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Charles Kimbrough
Charles Kimbrough at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Kimbrough at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards, September 17, 1989
Born(1936-05-23) May 23, 1936 (age 77)
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Beth Howland (unknown)

Charles Kimbrough (born May 23, 1936) is an American actor known for having played the straight-faced anchorman Jim Dial on Murphy Brown. In 1990, his performance in the role earned him a nomination for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series".[1]

Biography[edit source | edit]

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Kimbrough has extensive stage experience. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Kimbrough and his first wife, Mary Jane were part of the resident company of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where they appeared in such plays as Feydeau's "Cat Among the Pigeons" and Jules Feiffer's "The White House Murder Case." In 1971, he was nominated for a Tony for best featured actor in a musical as Harry in Stephen Sondheim's Company. In 1984, he performed in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. He also starred in the original Broadway production of A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia.

In 1988, Mr. Kimbrough was cast as Jim Dial, a veteran network news anchor with the integrity and experience of an Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite, on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown. The series ran for ten seasons, or 247 episodes, scoring 17 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes. Mr. Kimbrough was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990.

He is married to actress and fellow Company cast mate Beth Howland, known for her television work as Vera Louise Gorman-Novak on the sitcom Alice. He studied theater and drama at Indiana University Bloomington, and graduated in 1958. To younger audiences, he is probably best known for supplying the voice of Victor, the most mature gargoyle in Disney's 1996 animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a role he reprised in its direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.[2]

Mr. Kimbrough is part of the cast of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2012 Broadway revival of Mary Chase's Pulitzer prize-winning play Harvey playing William R. Chumley, M.D., with Emmy winner Jim Parsons in the lead as Elwood P. Dowd. The show is scheduled to run from June 14 to August 5, 2012 at New York's Studio 54 Theatre.[3]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1975KojakRudyEpisode: "A Question of Answers"
1975Great PerformancesDr. SpigaEpisode: "The Rules of the Game"
1976The FrontCommittee counselor
1976KojakAssistant D.A. Greg Burton2 episodes
1977Great PerformancesBenton ArrelsfordEpisode: "Secret Service"
1979The SentinelHospital doctorUncredited
1979The Seduction of Joe TynanFrancis
1979Starting OverSalesman
1980It's My TurnJerome
1981For Ladies OnlyBob MerlisTelevision movie
1983Great PerformancesEditorEpisode: "The Innocents Abroad"
1985Tales of the UnexpectedEricEpisode: "Scrimshaw"
1986Spenser: For HireLouis GrotonEpisode: "An Eye for an Eye"
1988Switching ChannelsThe Governor
1988The Good MotherUncle Orrie
1988-1998Murphy BrownJim Dial122 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1988Spenser: For HireRoger ThornwoodEpisode: "To the End of the Line"
1988HothouseMr. AustenEpisode: "Nancy: Part 1"
1996The Hunchback of Notre DameVictorVoice
2004Thomas and FriendsMightyVoice
Recurring cast
1998Pinky and the BrainSandy DreckmanEpisode: "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in This Town Again!"
1988Love Boat: The Next WaveRichEpisode: "Affairs to Remember"
2000Family GuyJim DialEpisode: "A Picture Is Worth $1,000 Bucks"
2000The Angry BeaversNarratorEpisode: "Canucks Amuck"
2000Batman BeyondGordonEpisode: "Out of the Past"
2001The Wedding PlannerMr. Donolly
2002Ally McBealCharlie FishEpisode: "What I'll Never Do for Love Again"

References[edit source | edit]

External links[edit source | edit]