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‘Walk Hard’ and ‘The Middle’ veteran actor dead at 89

Patriot-News - 6/6/2024

Best known for “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” and his role in “The Middle,” Terrence Beasor, a character and voiceover actor, has died at the age of 89.

A representative told Deadline that Beasor died on May 28 at his Santa Monica home with his wife of over 55 years, actress Muriel Minot, there.

Appearing in numerous TV shows throughout his 40-year career, he’s had appearances in “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “The A-Team,” “Hardcastle and McCormick,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Cheers,” “L.A. Law,” “Dynasty,” “Hunter,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Simon & Simon,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and many more.

He also provided voice work on multiple series and video games, and offscreen announcing on movies and TV shows, including “Jaws: The Revenge,” “Winchell,” “Coupe De Ville,” “Remington Steele” and “Runway.”

Born on Feb. 2, 1935, in Omaha, Nebraska, his family relocated to Los Angeles when he was 7, where he attended Garfield High School. He served four years in the Navy and enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1953. He then moved to New York at the age of 30.

While doing back-to-back shows at Equity Library Theatre in 1968, he met Minot. The couple relocated to Concord, Massachusetts, for seven years and co-directed multiple shows in the greater Boston area. In 1976, he received his MFA from Brandeis University, and later moved to Los Angeles.

The couple performed together on “Days of Our Lives,” “Gangster Chronicles,” and “The Practice,” and appeared in several commercials and plays.

Instead of sending flowers, the family urges fans to donate in his name to the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly known as the Actor’s Fund).

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