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* Feodor Chaliapin Jr., an American actor...

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* Feodor Chaliapin Jr., an American actor best known for his role as the dog-walking grandfather in the 1987 movie "Moonstruck," died Sept. 17 after a brief illness at his home in Rome, where he had lived since the 1940s. Mr. Chaliapin, 87, started his acting career in silent movies, where his accented English wouldn't be a problem. He went on to establish himself as a character actor and played many minor roles in Italian films. But Mr. Chaliapin's career only really took off in 1986 when, already in his '80s, he was chosen to play the role of the blind, murderous monk Jorge of Burgos in the thriller "The Name of The Rose," which also starred Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham.

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