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Actor Nigel Davenport dies at age 85


Beloved British actor Nigel Davenport has died, aged 85.

The "Chariots of Fire" star passed away on Friday, but details of his death have not been revealed.

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Davenport's film and TV career spanned over five decades and he also appeared in "A Man for All Seasons," "Living Free," "The Island of Dr. Moreau" and "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes."

But he's perhaps best remembered for his portrayal Lord Birkenhead in 1981's "Chariots of Fire."

He also appeared on British TV in hit series "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Howards' Way" and "The Saint."

Davenport was among the founders of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court theatre, and he served as president of acting union British Actors' Equity Association in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He is the father of "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Jack Davenport.

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Oct 29, 2013 9:44PM
Wow! I will always remember him as Lord Bothwell.  I know not many of us American's will know who he is but to those of us who did, it is sad hearing that he is gone. 
Oct 31, 2013 11:04AM

So very sorry to hear this.  I loved this man, actor, gentleman.  Yes, Lord Bothwell, among

other characters.  He will be greatly missed.  Blessings to his family and friends.

Oct 30, 2013 8:49AM
Davenport was similar to his contemporary 83 year old Australian actor Rod Taylor or vice versa.
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