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Basil Hoffman died: starring in ‘Hill Street Blues’, ‘Square Pegs’ 83

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Character actor Basil Hoffman, who starred in more than 100 roles in television shows and movies, died Sept. 17, according to his manager Brad Lemack. He was 83 years old.

He has had recurring roles in several series, including Ed Greenglass in “Hill Street Blues”, Joshua Friendly in “Santa Barbara”, Principal Dingleman in “Square Pegs” and Simon Trapp in “Courage, New Hampshire”.

Hoffman was born and raised in Houston and began his acting career after graduating from Tulane UK with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, then began working in advertising and minor roles before moving to Hollywood.

He appeared in the Academy Award-winning films “The Common Man” and “The Artist” and appeared in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Hell Caesar!” “And” Down with Love. “His other films starred in” My Favorite Year, “” The Electric Horseman, “” Rio, I Love You, “and” Ice Runner. “

The TV shows he appeared in included “Seinfeld,” “Marcus Welby, MD,” “The Walton,” “Sunford and Son,” “Colombo,” “Night Court,” “LA Law,” “Murder,” he wrote. “And” West Wing. “

Most recently, Hoffman starred in the faith-based feature comedy “Lucky Louis”, which is in post-production.

A popular coach and acting teacher, Hoffman wrote the books “Cold Reading and How to Be Good at It,” “Acting and How to Be Good at It,” and “Acting and How to Be Good to Eat: The Second Edition.” In 2008, he traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, as a cultural envoy of the U.S. State Department to teach acting and directing at the Lebanese des Beaux-Arts Academy.

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