Stage and TV Actor Charles Macaulay is Dead at 72

News   Stage and TV Actor Charles Macaulay is Dead at 72 Charles Macaulay, 72, a stage and TV actor who appeared in New York, touring and regional theatre, plus "Perry Mason" TV movies, died of cancer in California Aug. 13, Variety reported.

Charles Macaulay, 72, a stage and TV actor who appeared in New York, touring and regional theatre, plus "Perry Mason" TV movies, died of cancer in California Aug. 13, Variety reported.

He was a New York stage actor in the 1950s, appearing in the title role of The Winslow Boy with the Theater Guild; a tour of Bell, Book, & Candle starring Charlton Heston; and a Broadway stint in The Dark Is Light Enough with Tyrone Power and Katherine Cornell. At San Diego's Old Glove, he was the title character in Macbeth.

He made dozens of TV appearances on shows ranging from "Star Trek" to "Columbo," and played district attorney Hamilton Burger in "Perry Mason" specials in the 1980s and '90s. (The role was created in the 1957-65 series by William Talman.)

Mr. Macaulay was associate adjunct professor at the USC School of Theater 1986-1992. He also directed plays there.

Mr. Macaulay stopped performing in 1993 after "Perry Mason" star and friend Raymond Burr died. He lived in Northern California's Sonoma County at the Raymond Burr Vineyards, Variety reported. He settled there after helping with public relations during the time Burr was dying of cancer. He was a partner in the vineyards. -- By Kenneth Jones