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Alexander Scourby

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11/13/1913 , Brooklyn, New York

Died

2/22/1985

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Alexander Scourby was an American actor and narrator who is best remembered for his signature deep and resonant voice. He acted in film, television, radio and did voice recordings. He was born to Greek immigrant parents on November 13, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. Being co-editor of his high school paper, Alexander first dreamt of becoming a journalist but while taking his journalism studies in West Virginia University, he discovered his passion for acting after joining a campus theater group. He opted to train as an actor at the Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre where he debuted in "Liliom." More appearances in Broadway plays soon followed like in "Hamlet," "Henry IV, Part I," "Richard II," "A Flag Is Born," "Crime and Punishment," "Detective Story," "Darkness at Noon," "Saint Joan," "A Month in the County" and "Tovarich." Alexander started using his voice talent in 1937 for the American Foundation's "Blind's Talking Book" program. It made way for more stints as a narrator in projects like the 1954 documentary "Victory at Sea," bible stories, and classical novels on audio cassettes including "Ship of Fools" and "War and Peace" which were both critically- acclaimed. But arguably, Alexander's most memorable work is his breakthrough recordings of the entire King James version of the Bible, which have been released in many editions. In the 1950's, he was also often seen on various television dramas. He was married to actress Lori March, with whom he had a daughter named Alexandra. In February 22, 1985, Alexander died of a heart attack in Connecticut at the age of 71.



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