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Harold InnocentBritish actorLONDON -- Harold Innocent, who...


Harold Innocent

British actor

LONDON -- Harold Innocent, who played the corrupt bishop alongside Kevin Costner in the movie "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and the Duke of Burgundy in Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" died Sunday at his home here after a short ill- ness.

Born Harold Sidney Harrison, the 60-year-old actor trained at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Arts and moved to Hollywood after a stint in the Royal Air Force.

He began his long television career with an appearance in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" in 1959, and went on to roles in "Gunsmoke," "Ben Casey," "The Barbara Stanwyck Show" and "Have Gun -- Will Travel." He also had an impressive list of theater credits, including a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984.

* Werner Niefer, 65, a former chairman of Mercedes-Benz, died Sunday after surgery for lung cancer in Stuttgart, Germany. He began as an apprentice toolmaker with Mercedes in 1943, rising through the ranks and joined the board of directors of parent company Daimler-Benz in 1976.

* Charles Lamont, 98, who directed more than 100 movies including nearly all of the Abbott and Costello comedies and many Ma and Pa Kettle features, died Saturday of pneumonia in Los Angeles. The fourth-generation actor directed comedy shorts in the1920s and feature films from the 1930s to the 1950s. His directing credits included "The Curtain Falls," "Son of Steel," "A Shot in the Dark," "Circumstantial Evidence," "The Dark Hour," "Lady Luck," "Salome, Where She Danced," "Frontier Gal," "San Antonio Rose" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."

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