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Douglas Seale (28 October 1913 – 13 June 1999) was an English actor, producer and director.
|Died||13 June 1999 (aged 85)|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
(m. 1938; div. 19??)
Joan Barbara Geary
(m. 1950; div. 19??)
(m. 1992; died 1994)
Born in London, he was educated at Rutlish School and trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He made his professional debut in 1934 and performed in theatre until 1940, before serving in the Royal Corps of Signals during World War II. After being demobbed in 1946, Seale joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company in Stratford-upon-Avon for two seasons before turning to producing and directing stage plays in the United Kingdom and the United States. After returning to acting in later life, he enjoyed his greatest stage success playing Selsdon Mowbray in the 1983 Broadway production of Noises Off, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
In film, Seale provided the voice of Krebbs the koala in The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and, two years later, the Sultan in Aladdin (1992) (with Val Bettin replacing him in the later productions). He also appeared in several films, including Miloš Forman's Amadeus (1984), and Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), in which he played Santa Claus. He appeared in the 1986 Christmas film, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, as Vernon. Seale had a small starring role as Santa in Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. In 1989, he appeared in the Family Ties episode "Get Me to the Living Room on Time".
He also played a character "Malcolm" in the 1995 game Phantasmagoria.
He died in New York City on 13 June 1999, aged 85, and was survived by his two sons from his second marriage, Jonathan and Timothy, and two grandchildren. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Atlantic Ocean.
|1949||Stop Press Girl||Jeweller's Assistant||Uncredited|
|1985||Heaven Help Us||Brother Domenic|
|1986||A Smoky Mountain Christmas||Vernon||TV Movie|
|1988||Ernest Saves Christmas||Santa|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||Plaza Hotel Man|
|A More Perfect Union||Lord Carmarthen|
|The Rescuers Down Under||Krebbs the Koala||Voice|
|Almost an Angel||Father|
|1993||For Love or Money||Freddy|
|1995||Palookaville||Old Man||(final film role)|
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