Iconic actor Charles Kimbrough will always be remembered for his legendary role as Jim Dial in the beloved sitcom “Murphy Brown.” His spot-on performance earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination in 1990, followed by an acknowledgment from the Screen Actors Guild Awards and TV Land Awards in 1995 and 2008 respectively.

Kimbrough’s noteworthy acting career ranged from 1988 to 2018 and included credits on “Another World,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame II” and “The Wedding Planner.” He is best known for his role in the television series “Murphy Brown” which he played both at the beginning of his career in 1988 as well as in its reboot in 2018.

After his illustrious acting career ended, Kimbrough sadly passed away in Culver City on January 11th. His son Jim confirmed the heartbreaking news to Deadline that he was 86 years old when this happened and no cause of death was mentioned. It is an immense loss for all who knew him; we send our condolences to his family during this difficult time.

SMS Talent, Inc., the agency representing Kimbrough, released a statement concerning his death that read: “Whether on stage or in front of the camera he was a joy to behold.” As the agency reported, Kimbrough passed away in the hospital due to natural causes.

Kimbrough’s life was marked with sorrow, as he outlived both of his spouses. His first marriage to Mary Jane (Wilson) Kimbrough ended in divorce in 1991 and she passed away in 2007; while Beth Howland, whom he married in 2002, died in 2016.

Kimbrough is honored to be remembered by his beloved sister, Linda; son, John; stepdaughter, Holly Howland; and granddaughter, Cody.

Prior to beginning his career in Hollywood, Kimbrough garnered recognition for his stage performances. In 1971, he even received a Tony award nomination for reprising the role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company.”