Actor Harold Gould dead at 86

Sept. 14, 2010 at 9:12 PM

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Veteran character actor Harold Gould has died of prostate cancer at a nursing home in Woodland Hills, Calif., his family said. He was 86.

Gould -- familiar to movie and TV viewers as the con man Kid Twist in "The Sting," Valerie Harper's father on "Rhoda" and Betty White's boyfriend on "The Golden Girls" -- died Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community, his daughter-in-law, Leah Gould, told the Los Angeles Times.

The former college drama professor from Schenectady, N.Y., also appeared in "Inside Daisy Clover," "Harper," "Silent Movie," "Love and Death," "Patch Adams" and "Freaky Friday," as well as the TV shows "Police Story," "The Twilight Zone" and "I Dream of Jeannie."

Gould received one of his five Emmy nominations for acting opposite Katharine Hepburn in the television movie "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry." The other nods were for his work in "Police Story," "Rhoda," "The Ray Bradbury Theater" and "The Scarlett O'Hara War."

He is survived by his wife, Lea Shampanier, whom he married in 1950; three children and five grandchildren, The Washington Post said.

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