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Actor Jeremy Sinden Dead of Cancer

June 2, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Jeremy Sinden, the actor best known for his character parts as the pompous, supercilious or caddish upper-class Englishman, has died of cancer. He was 45.

Sinden, son of actor Donald Sinden, died Wednesday at a hospice near London, his family said.

Earlier this year, Sinden had to withdraw from what was one of the most acclaimed performances of his career _ playing Toad, the vainglorious hero of ``The Wind in the Willows″ at London’s Old Vic theater.

He also won plaudits as a television performer, notably as Boy Mulcaster in the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s ``Brideshead Revisited,″ Anthony Mortimer in ``Crossroads,″ and Captain Lydgate in ``Middlemarch.″

Sinden, whose mother was actress Diana Mahoney, was born into a London theatrical family on June 14, 1950.

He once said that as a youngster he never thought of going on the stage because ``I thought my dad was impossibly glamorous and I couldn’t see a way of becoming like him.″

Watching Anthony Quayle in ``The Guns of Navarone″ converted him _ ``the first actor I had ever seen who looked liked an ordinary bloke. So I thought if he could make it as an actor, then perhaps I could.″

He worked in repertory theater and as a stage manager and understudy before making his West End debut in ``Journey’s End.″ He then went to drama school, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

``Sinden had a remarkable capacity,″ London’s Daily Telegraph said in a tribute, ``for being apparently unaware of the absurdity of his usually self-absorbed characters _ which made them all the funnier.″

He is survived by his wife, actress Delia Lindsay, two daughters, his father, and his brother Marc, also an actor.

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