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Brian Bedford

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Brian Bedford

Brian Bedford, the Tony-winning actor and voice of Disney’s Robin Hood has died at the age of 80, according to multiple published reports.

Bedford was a mainstay on Broadway who made his debut in 1959 in the play Five Finger Exercise, directed by John Gielgud. He appeared in 17 other Broadway plays including works by Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, and Noël Coward. Most recently, he received a 2011 Tony nomination for his performance in The Importance of Being Earnest and won that year's Drama Desk Award for Featured Actor in a Play.


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He received six other Tony nominations and won the Tony in 1971 for his performance in The School for Wives, along with a total of six Drama Desk Awards.

Bedford was a legendary actor and director with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, where he originated his Broadway production of Earnest. He appeared in numerous plays at the festival including Much Ado about Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and played the title role in King Lear.

Bedford voiced the role of Robin Hood in Disney's 1973 animated feature of the same name. He made many television appearances including episodes of Murder, She Wrote, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Equalizer, and Frasier.

Bedford is survived by his partner of 30 years, the actor Tim MacDonald.

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