RIP – Disney’s Robin Hood Voice Brian Bedford Loses 2 Year Cancer Battle

Yet another great actor dies by the hand of cancer. Brian Bedford who was an enormous Shakespearean actor and director and best known as the voice in Disney’s 1973 hit Robin Hood has passed away at the age of 80 as of yesterday.

The Tony winning classical actor was last seen on Broadway as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest.

He was surrounded by family at his bedside after a grueling 2 year battle with cancer and is survived by partner and husband, actor Tim MacDonald.

Aside from his major role with Disney Brian appeared on some shows like Coronet Blue, Murder, She Wrote, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Equalizer, and Frasier to just name a few.

Partner Tim MacDonald was seen outside of the hospital and asked about his partner of 30 years: “I have lost the love of my life today. He was one of the most gracious men I have ever known.” He goes on to say: “Theater was his passion, there was not a day that would go by without us talking about a role or play in the works. We loved discussing all things theater it was our life.”

Another great man that will be missed… Here is a clip from the 1973 Robin Hood that Brian Voiced:

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