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Veteran Film and Stage Actor Hugh Dempster Dead at Age 86

June 9, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Hugh Dempster, a veteran film and stage actor perhaps best known for portraying Col. Pickering in ″My Fair Lady″ in dozens of theaters nationwide, has died the age of 86.

Dempster died April 30 in Chicago, where his actress-wife, Emma Trekman, was touring with the play ″Bony Kern,″ a longtime friend, Jonathan Daly, told the Los Angeles Times this week.

Dempster was a veteran of about 60 films, including ″The Student’s Romance,″ ″Waltz Time,″ ″Babes in Bagdad″ and ″Moulin Rouge.″ He portrayed Prince Oblonsky in the 1947 version of ″Anna Karenina,″ which starred Vivien Leigh.

A Royal Air Force veteran of World War II, Dempster launched his stage career in London in ″The Little Shopper″ and later appeared in ″Priscilla and the Profligate,″ ″Charm School,″ ″East of Suez″ and ″The Saint″ with George Sanders.

Although Robert Coote originated the Pickering role on Broadway, Dempster came to be associated with it after playing it for six years, in more than 2,500 performances, nationwide.

He and his wife operated the Wimbledon Theatre Repertory Co. in London.

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