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Monk's Stanley Kamel Found Dead at Age 65

Stanley Kamel, who played Dr. Charles Kroger on the USA series Monk, has died. He was 65.

Access Hollywood reports he was found in his Hollywood Hills home. The cause of death has not been announced.

Kamel appeared in numerous TV roles over the past three decades, including Rebecca Gayheart's father on Beverly Hills, 90210.

A USA representative said, "USA is deeply saddened by the news of Stanley Kamel

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'Monk' Actor Stanley Kamel

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Stanley Kamel

LOS ANGELES, California -- Stanley Kamel, a veteran character actor who appeared most recently in the television series, "Monk," died on Tuesday, April 8. Kamel was found dead of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home by his longtime agents and friends Donna Massetti and Marilyn Szatmary, publicist Cynthia Snyder said in a statement. He was 65.

For several years, Kamel portrayed Adrian Monk's long-suffering psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Kroger, on the USA Network series, "Monk." As Dr. Kroger, he dispensed advice during weekly therapy sessions to Monk, played by Tony Shalhoub, a brilliant but neurotic private detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Kamel's career spanned nearly four-decades, much of it on television. Often cast as unsavory characters in TV dramas, Kamel got attention as the suicidal Bruce Teller in the Fox prime-time soap, "Melrose Place," in 1994 and Dylan McKay's scheming father-in-law, Tony Marchette, in Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" in 1995.

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Stanley Kamel as Dr. Charles Kroger in 'Monk'

In addition, Kamel portrayed creepy psychiatrist Dr. Graham Lester in the ABC crime series, "Murder One," in 1995-96. Kamel also had a memorable role as Mark Gilliam, an activist attorney with AIDS, on "L.A. Law."

Born January 1, 1943, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Kamel attended Boston University and studied with noted acting coach Sanford Meisner. Kamel acted in off-Broadway productions and got his first TV role in the early 1970s playing Eric Peters in the NBC daytime drama, "Days of Our Lives."

He moved on to prime-time television with numerous roles in episodic series, including "Cagney & Lacey," "Hunter" and "Hill Street Blues." Kamel had roles in movies and occasionally returned to the stage, including a 2000 production of "Laura" at the Tiffany Theatre in West Hollywood.

Kamel is survived by two brothers, Stephen and Robert.

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