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Antony Sher, 'Shakespeare in Love' Actor, Dies at 72

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Theater, film and TV actor Antony Sher, known for his Shakespearean roles, has died of cancer at 72.
Antony Sher, the South Africa born theater actor known for his Shakespearean roles, has died of cancer. He was 72. The news was revealed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) on Friday. Sher was born in South Africa in 1949 and was raised there before proceeding to London to study at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art 1969-1971. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982. In films, Sher was known for his roles in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “Mrs. Brown” (1997), “The Wolfman” (2010) and “Erik the Viking” (1989), but it is in theater that he became a renowned name, winning the Olivier award for best actor twice — in 1985 for “Richard III” and “Torch Song Trilogy” and in 1997 for “Stanley.” He also earned a BAFTA TV award best actor nomination for one-man show “Primo” (2007). Sher was an Honorary Associate Artist at the RSC and husband of the institution’s artistic director, Gregory Doran.

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