Charles Kimbrough, a Tony and Emmy-nominated actor who starred as a stiff-upper-lipped news reporter on Murphy Brown alongside Candice Bergen, has passed away. The 86-year-old recently died in Culver City, California. He was married to actor and fellow Company cast member Beth Howland, who was best known for her role in the sitcom Alice as Vera Louise Gorman-Novak.
According to his son, who verified the news to the New York Times, his father passed away on January 11, almost one month ago. No more information regarding the cause of death was disclosed.
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Who was Beth Howland?
Beth was the stage name of Elizabeth Howland, an American actress. She was cast on Broadway with Dick Van Dyke in “Bye Bye Birdie” at the age of 16. Howland was eventually noticed by CBS, who then took her to Hollywood for a small role on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Before being cast as Vera Louise Gorman in “Alice,” she had minor appearances on “The Love Boat” and “Little House on the Prairie.”
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With the exception of a few cameos on shows like “Murder, She Wrote” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” Howland almost stopped acting on television when “Alice” ended. In 2016, Beth passed away. The Associated Press was informed at the time by her husband, late actor Charles Kimbrough, that Howland had sadly died from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California, on December 31.
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Beth Howland is survived by a daughter from her previous marriage to actor Michael J. Pollard. Charles Kimbrough is survived by his son, John from his first wife Mary Jane Kimbrough.