Frank Doubleday, a specialist in portraying villains who turned in a pair of especially creepy performances in the John Carpenter films Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape From New York, has died. He was 73.
Doubleday died March 3 of complications from esophageal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his wife and companion of 40 years, actress Christina Hart (Charley Varrick) confirmed.
He also is survived by his daughters, actresses Portia Doubleday (Mr. Robot) and Kaitlin Doubleday (Nashville, Empire), and his mother, Jane.
In his first collaboration with Carpenter — just the director’s second feature — Doubleday played a vicious member of L.A.’s Street Thunder gang who blows away a little girl (Kim Richards) in the exploitation flick Assault on Precinct 13 (1976).
The actor made his film debut as a thug with a switchblade in The First Nudie Musical (1976), starring Cindy Williams, and his characters were on the seedier side of the law in other films like Avenging Angel (1985), Space Rage (1985), Nomads (1986), Broadcast News (1987) and Dollman (1991).
Doubleday also played criminal types on the small screen on shows including Police Story, T.J. Hooker, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch, Hill Street Blues and Sledge Hammer!
Doubleday then worked in an industrial film and in local theater productions before he first showed up on television in 1975 episodes of Police Story and Lucas Tanner.
His other film credits include Alex & the Gypsy (1976), The Big Fix (1978), Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979), L.A. Bounty (1989) and Shakespeare’s Plan 12 From Outer Space (1991).
Doubleday also appeared in the plays Birdbath and Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool Dry Place, which he directed as well.
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