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Tony Winner Brian Bedford Dies At 80: Remembered for Disney ‘Robin Hood’ Voice & Shakespeare

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Jan 14, 2016 11:46 PM EST

One time Tony Award winner and Seven time Tony nominee Brian Bedford passed away on Wednesday at the age of 80. Bedford died after battling cancer making him the 3rd high profile actor to die this week, with David Bowie and Alan Rickman both passing away from cancer at the age of 69. Bedford, a veteran of the stage is known for his work acting and directing for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Bedford also stole the show as Lady Bracknell in his 2009 performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest, Many fans will remember Bedford as the voice of the charming lead character in the animated Walt Disney classic, Robin Hood.

Another great loss for theater goers. The film and theater industry have suffered three major deaths. Brian Bedford was a highly acclaimed stage and screen actor, winning the Tony Award 1971 for Best Actor in Molière's The School for Wives. Bedford also earned six addition Tony Award nominations as well as long list of other accolades.

Back in 2011 the New York Times’ theater critic Ben Brantley praised Bedford,saying:

 “He is perhaps the finest English-language interpreter of classical comedy of his generation, and he seems to pick up a Tony nomination every time he steps on a Broadway stage. Best known as a classical actor of uncommon emotional transparency and hair-trigger timing, particularly in plays by Shakespeare and Molière.”

We here at Classicalite are dimming our lights to honor Brian Bedford, Alan Rickman and David Bowie.

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