Charles Kimbrough

Charles Kimbrough

Born: May 23, 1936
Age: 88
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
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Charles Kimbrough (born May 23, 1936) is an American actor known for having played the straight-faced anchorman Jim Dial on Murphy Brown. In 1990, his performance in the role earned him a nomination for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series".



Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Kimbrough has extensive stage experience. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Kimbrough and his first wife, Mary Jane were part of the resident company of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where they appeared in such plays as Feydeau's "Cat Among the Pigeons" and Jules Feiffer's "The White House Murder Case." In 1971, he was nominated for a Tony for best featured actor in a musical as Harry in Stephen Sondheim's Company. In 1984, he performed in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. He starred in the original Off-Broadway production of A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia in 1985.

Around 1976-1977, he did the Chef Boyardee Spaghetti & Meatballs commercial.

In 1988, Kimbrough was cast as Jim Dial, a veteran network news anchor with the integrity and experience of an Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite, on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown. The series ran for 247 episodes over ten seasons, scoring 17 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes. Mr. Kimbrough was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990.

He was married to actress and fellow Company cast mate Beth Howland, known for her television work as Vera Louise Gorman-Novak on the sitcom Alice. He studied theater and drama at Indiana University Bloomington, and graduated in 1958. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Yale University's School of Drama. To younger audiences, he is probably best known for supplying the voice of Victor, the most mature gargoyle in Disney's 1996 animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a role he reprised in its direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

Kimbrough was part of the cast of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2012 Broadway revival of Mary Chase's Pulitzer prize-winning play Harvey playing William R. Chumley, M.D., with Jim Parsons in the lead as Elwood P. Dowd. The show ran from June 14 to August 5, 2012 at New York's Studio 54 Theatre.

Kimbrough's wife Beth Howland died of lung cancer in December 2015 at the age of 74. Her death was not reported to the media until May 24, 2016.


Year Television Role Notes
1975 Kojak Rudy Episode: "A Question of Answers"
1975 Great Performances Dr. Spiga Episode: "The Rules of the Game"
1976 Kojak Assistant D.A. Greg Burton 2 episodes
1977 Great Performances Benton Arrelsford Episode: "Secret Service"
1981 For Ladies Only Bob Merlis Television movie
1983 Great Performances Editor Episode: "The Innocents Abroad"
1985 Tales of the Unexpected Eric Episode: "Scrimshaw"
1986 Spenser: For Hire Louis Groton Episode: "An Eye for an Eye"
1988-1998 Murphy Brown Jim Dial 122 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1988 Spenser: For Hire Roger Thornwood Episode: "To the End of the Line"
1988 Hothouse Mr. Austen Episode: "Nancy: Part 1"
2004 Thomas and Friends Mighty Voice
Recurring cast
1998 Pinky and the Brain Sandy Dreckman Episode: "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in This Town Again!"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Rich Episode: "Affairs to Remember"
2000 Family Guy Jim Dial Episode: "A Picture Is Worth $1,000 Bucks"
2000 The Angry Beavers Narrator Episode: "Canucks Amuck"
2000 Batman Beyond Gordon Episode: "Out of the Past"
2002 Ally McBeal Charlie Fish Episode: "What I'll Never Do for Love Again"
Year Film Role Notes
1976 The Front Committee counselor
1977 The Sentinel Hospital doctor Uncredited
1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan Francis
1979 Starting Over Salesman
1980 It's My Turn Jerome
1988 Switching Channels The Governor
1988 The Good Mother Uncle Orrie
1995 Whisper of the Heart Additional Voices (2006 Disney dub)
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Voice
2001 The Wedding Planner Mr. Donolly
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 Victor Voice

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Victor Voice-over

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