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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 February 1925Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA
Date of Death 22 April 1999Sherman Oaks, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameHerbert Birchell Remsen

Mini Bio (1)

American character actor who became a casting director following an accident, then returned to acting years later. The son of a New York policeman, Remsen lived a colorful life before turning to acting. He made his film debut in 1959 and was busy before the cameras in both film and television. Five years later, however, a collapsing crane on the set of the TV series No Time for Sergeants (1964) broke his back and nearly killed him. He recuperated for months and was able to walk again with crutches, but he believed his acting career was ended. He became a casting director, eventually heading the casting department of Lorimar Productions. While casting the film Brewster McCloud (1970), he was given a role by director Robert Altman. Though he continued to work in casting with his wife and partner Barbara Dodd, he resumed his acting career, working in scores of films and television episodes, most of the time requiring only a cane to walk. He appeared in many of Altman's films and was a popular figure in the film industry for his generosity and his vivid story-telling. He died in his sleep at age 74 in 1999.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (2)

Barbara Dodd (2 May 1959 - 22 April 1999) (his death) (2 children)
Scottie MacGregor (1949 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Remsen broke his back in 1964 when an 84-foot crane toppled on the television set of "No Time for Sergeants".
Went to Ithaca College and was a member of Kappa Gamma Psi Fraternity
Older brother of actor Guy Remsen.
Began his acting career by performing in summer stock theater for ten years.
World War II veteran who served as a coxswain on a destroyer. He won a Purple Heart during his tour of duty.

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