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Barbara Miller, the longtime head of casting at Warner Bros. TV whose keen eye for talent was instrumental in launching such hits as Dallas and Friends, died Sunday of cancer at the USC/Norris Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Her age was not disclosed. Miller was known as a career maker who assembled the casts for some of primetime's biggest hits, including Murphy Brown, ER, The West Wing, Knots Landing, Family Matters, The Drew Carey Show and dozens of TV movies. She was widely respected by her network and studio executive peers for her skill in matching actors to characters. She was credited as selecting George Clooney for the role of ER's sensitive womanizer Dr. Doug Ross and Matthew Perry as fun-loving Chandler Bing on Friends.

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