Charles Kimbrough Cause of Death: What Happened With “Murphy Brown” Actor?
Charles Kimbrough, an actor best known for playing Jim Dial, the CBS Murphy Brown anchorman, has died at the age of 86. According to his son, he passed away on January 11 in Culver City, California.
Kimbrough began his acting career in theatre before moving on to films and television programmes, primarily performing supporting roles. For more information on his life and career, keep reading.
How Did Charles Kimbrough Die?
His son, John Kimbrough, broke the news of Charles' passing. “He was raised around individuals who were extremely similar to the characters he played in a stuffy Midwestern family. They had really strong emotions, but they buried them behind a show of propriety and etiquette,” John said about his father.
“Despite the fact that the characters he played kept everything inside, he was able to convey that sensation to audiences. He performed a wide range of explosive roles as a young actor, the actor continued.
Charles, who was born on May 23rd, 1936, in St. Paul, Minnesota, earned a music and theatre degree from Indiana University. At the Yale School of Drama, he subsequently earned a master's degree. He began his career on Broadway in the late 1960s and received a Tony Award nomination for the staging of the Steven Sondheim musical Company in 1970.
After that, he made several more Broadway shows on his own, including Sunday in the Park with George, Candide, Same Time, Next Year, The Merchant of Venice, and Accent on Youth. He co-starred with Jim Parsons in the Harvey revival in 2012.
How Did Charles Kimbrough Rise to Fame?
The actor made his television debut in 1975 with a cameo in the CBS action-crime thriller Kojak after having a successful theatre career. Later, he had episode-length appearances in Mighty Max, Tales of the Unexpected, Spenser: For Hire, Pinky and the Brain, Love Boat: The Next Wave, Great Performances, and Pinky and the Brain.
Kimbrough gained widespread notoriety in 1988 after being cast in the CBS comedy series Murphy Brown. It aired for ten seasons till 1998 and was set in a television newsroom. The actor played the same part for three episodes of the new season of the show in 2018.
I'm pretty good at playing jackasses of all kinds, which is unfortunate. When looking back on his acting career, Kimbrough admitted in 2012, “I've always been a little self-conscious, and I guess it sometimes translates as pomposity.
Tributes Pour in for the Actor
Fans and members of the business are currently grieving Kimbrough's passing. He was a talented professional who I had the pleasure of working with on the 2018 revival of Murphy Brown. RIP, sir,” wrote author Gina Ippolito in a tweet.
“RIP Charles Kimbrough, one of the many indispensable members of the original Sunday in the Park cast. His dual act as Jules and Bob Greenberg is both hysterically sad and hilarious. What a goat,” a fan wrote.
“RIP #CharlesKimbrough,” another person tweeted. I started tapping soda can lid tops before opening them because of you. Even though it was a throwaway joke from an unrelated episode, I still do it and every time I do, I think of you. We appreciate your years. Let your remembrance bring you blessings.
We send our sympathies to Charles Kimbrough's family. May his soul rest in peace!