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British actor Richard Todd dies

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The BBC is reporting that Richard Todd, the Irish-born British actor best known for his role in the 1955 World War II film The Dam Busters, died yesterday at the age of 90 after a battle with cancer. A real-life WWII vet — he was one of the first British soldiers to parachute into France on D-Day — Todd also played Robin Hood and Rob Roy. In 1950, he starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s Stagefright and was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his turn opposite Ronald Reagan in The Hasty Heart. In the ’80s, he appeared in four episodes of the British television series Doctor Who. He was last seen on screen in the 2007 U.K. TV drama Heartbeat.

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