Tributes paid to actor Alan Howard

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Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Tributes have been paid to the Shakespearean actor Alan Howard who has died aged 77.

His agents said the actor, a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), “died peacefully in hospital” on Saturday after a bout of pneumonia last month.

RSC a rtistic director Gregory Doran said he heard the news with “great regret” and said the Stratford-upon-Avon theatre had been his “spiritual home”.

He said: “A lan was a giant. He was gifted with a great classical physique, a prodigious talent and an utterly unmistakable voice.”

His career included playing Macbeth at the National Theatre and King Lear at the Old Vic as well as dozens of performances with the RSC, appearing on stage opposite stars including Dame Helen Mirren and Glenda Jackson.

He also provided the voice for the ring in two of the Lord Of The Rings films and appeared in TV shows including Foyle’s War.

He came from a long family of actors and was related to Gone With The Wind star Leslie Howard.

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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