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Edward D. Grover


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Edward D. Grover Obituary
October 23, 1932 - November 22, 2016 Edward D. Grover, 84, of Rolling Hills Estates, California, died unexpectedly November 22, following a brief illness. His wife, Brita Brown Grover, preceded him in death in 2008. Born in Huntington Park, California, on October 23, 1932, Edward (Ed) was the son of A. Dee and Edna Grover. His father's employer moved the family to Denver, Colorado, Elgin, Illinois, Akron, Ohio and finally to Toledo, Ohio where Ed attended and graduated from Devilbiss High School in 1950, He was honored as salutatorian of his class. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo in 1957 after he returned from service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, 1954-56. In 1958 Ed received a scholarship from the University of Texas Austin to study under Ben Iden Payne at the master's level. He subsequently studied and graduated from the American Shakespeare Festival Academy and attended theater training at Julliard Academy in New York City. Ed's career as an actor (stage, screen and television) and voice-over announcer spanned fifty years from 1959 to 2008. He met his wife, Brita, early in his career, when they were cast members of a Shakespearean production in Ashland, Oregon. They were married in 1965. Ted played many roles from classic Shakespearean characters to a major part in the movie Serpico, to Baretta's supervisor in the television series of the same name, to a comedy slot with Carol O'Connor. His voice-over advertising campaigns included Apple, Visa, Delta and Nissan. Ed was a dedicated and accomplished martial artist for nearly 40 years, ultimately serving as Head Instructor Emeritus of the Torrance Dojo of the Southern California Ki Society. Ed is survived by his children, Edward Anthony Grover and Heidi Grover of Rolling Hills Estates, California, and his siblings, Claudia Grover Multer of Hamilton, Ohio, Marian Grover Smithson of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Joel William Grover of Pittsford, New York, Cyndi Grover of Raleigh, North Carolina, their spouses and several nieces and nephews.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 22 to Dec. 25, 2016
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