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Actor Murray Hamilton Dies Of Cancer At Age 63

September 19, 1986 GMT

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) _ Character actor Murray Hamilton, who played the mayor of a coastal community terrorized by a great white shark in ″Jaws″ and the husband of Mrs. Robinson in ″The Graduate,″ has died of cancer at age 63.

Hamilton, who often was cast as a villain, died Sept. 1 at Beaufort County Hospital.

He co-starred in ″The Last Days of Patton,″ shown Sunday night on CBS.

He also appeared in ″Jaws II,″ ″The Way We Were,″ ″The Amyityville Horror,″ ″No Time For Sergeants,″ ″No Way to Treat a Lady,″ ″The Boston Strangler,″ ″If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium″ and ″Brubaker.″


Soon after its 1975 release, ″Jaws″ became the most popular film to that time. With ″The Graduate″ No. 8 on the all-time list, Hamilton had a role in two of the top 10 pictures to that date.

Hamilton performed with Henry Fonda in the Broadway production of ″Mr. Roberts.″

He appeared in numerous television shows, including episodes of ″Murder, She Wrote,″ ″McMillan and Wife,″ ″Barnaby Jones,″ ″Police Story,″ ″Cannon,″ ″McCloud,″ ″Alice,″ ″The Bold Ones,″ and ″Mission Impossible.″

Hamilton lived in New York most of his life but recently had returned to his hometown.

Survivors include his wife and a son.

Private graveside services were held here.