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Renowned Shakespearean actor, author and playwright Sir Antony Sher dies of cancer at 72

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The British theater world is mourning one of its most revered talents.
Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Sir Antony Sher has died from cancer. He was 72. One of the leading actors of his generation, the Capetown, South Africa, native was an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which confirmed his passing on Friday. “Antony was deeply loved and hugely admired by so many colleagues,” the Stratford-upon-Avon-based organization said in a statement. “He was a ground-breaking role model for many young actors, and it is impossible to comprehend that he is no longer with us. We will ensure friends far and wide have the chance to share tributes and memories in the days to come.” Gregory Doran, Sher’s husband since 2005, took a compassionate leave from his role as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director in September to care for him. Sher was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. Sher, who moved from South Africa to Britain in the late 1960s to study drama, joined the RSC in 1982 and had a breakthrough role in the 1984 production of “Richard III.” He went on to garner praise for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s most meaty male roles, including Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale,” Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice,” Iago in “Othello,” Falstaff in the “Henry IV” plays, and the title characters in “Macbeth” and “King Lear.

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