Monday, June 24, 2019

Bob Dorian, actor and magician who introduced classic films on AMC, dies at 85

Bob Dorian, an actor, magician and avuncular movie buff who presented more than 10,000 classic films, B-movie serials and pre-Code Hollywood gems as the first prime-time host of American Movie Classics, died June 15. He was 85, although he often said he preferred to give his age by way of film history, declaring that he was "born between 'Flying Down to Rio' and 'Top Hat.' "

His daughter Melissa Dorian confirmed the death but did not say precisely where or how he died, noting that the family prepared only a two-line obituary in keeping with his desire for privacy.

Dorian performed on the stage, radio, television and occasionally on film, appearing in two movies by one of his favorite contemporary directors, Woody Allen, and lending his voice to Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic "The Evil Dead," as an archaeologist whose tape-recorded readings from an ancient text summon demonic spirits to a cabin in the woods.

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