Charles Kimbrough, the actor known for Murphy Brown, died on January 11, 2023. His son, John Kimbrough, recently confirmed his passing. He was 86 years old.
Kimbrough played the straight-faced anchorman Jim Dial on Murphy Brown during the ten-season run in 1988 to 1998, and he returned for the 2018 revival.
He was born on May 23, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kimbrough was a stage actor who earned a Tony nomination in 1971 for his stage debut in Company. He was also in Sunday in the Park with George, Sylvia, Candide, Accent on Youth, The Merchant of Venice, and Harvey.
Kimbrough’s onscreen work began in 1964 in an episode of Another World. He was in a few episodes of Kojak and Great Performances, and was in The Front, Starting Over, and For Ladies Only. He was also in All My Children, A Doctor’s Story, Tales of the Unexpected, American Playhouse, Switching Channels, The Good Mother, The Wedding Planner, and Ally McBeal.
He voiced Victor in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its sequels, and also loaned his voice to Pinky and the Brain, Hercules, Family Guy, Batman Beyond, and Recess.