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Roy Dotrice (born May 26, 1923 in Guernsey, Channel Islands - October, 16 2017, London, England) was an English actor.
Born in Guernsey, one of the English Channel islands, Dotrice lied about his age to enlist in the Royal Air Force and served in the Second World War . He first began acting to raise the spirits of fellow inmates in a German P.O.W. camp. After the war was over, he devoted his career to acting, and became a notable success on both the London and New York stages.
He is probably best known to American audiences as Jacob Wells, the surrogate father to the "Beast", Vincent (Ron Perlman), on the television series Beauty and the Beast (also starring Linda Hamilton, Tony Jay, Stephen McHattie and Armin Shimerman). Buffyverse fans might also recognize him as Roger Wyndham-Pryce on Angel (coincidentally, he also appeared in two episodes of the 1975 TV series Space: 1999, alongside Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, the parents of Juliet Landau).
His last film appearance was as King Balor of Elfland in 2008's Hellboy II, which reunited him with Perlman. His last television role was that of Pyromancer Hallyne in the second season of Game of Thrones, which aired in 2012 (he was originally cast as Grand Master Pycelle, but had to withdraw from the role for medical reasons, before returning for the second season). Dotrice also performed the audiobook recordings of the original A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin.
Dotrice was awarded two Guinness World Records: his one-person play, "Brief Lives", based on the diaries of Elizabethan figure John Aubrey, played for over 1,700 performances, setting a record for solo performances by an actor; his second was awarded in 2004, for his audiobook performance of A Game of Thrones (the first volume of Martin's series), for having the highest number of distinct character voices in a single audiobook (two hundred and twenty-four).
His wife of 60 years, actress Kay Dotrice, died on August 2, 2007. His three daughters, Michele, Karen, and Yvette, have all acted at some point in their lives.