Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

March 12, 2003

Harold Ayer, 86, a London-born actor who worked steadily on stage and in films and television series ranging from Playhouse 90 to Murder, She Wrote, died in Los Angeles on Thursday from a stroke.

His father was composer, singer-songwriter Nat D. Ayer, whose songs included "Oh You Beautiful Doll."

Harold Ayer studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After wartime service in the Canadian and British air forces, he appeared in 1949 as a soldier in the movie The Third Man. After moving to the United States, he appeared in films including The Sting, and a variety of TV programs including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Green Acres.

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