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Obituary: Brian Bedford, voice of Disney's 'Robin Hood'

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Brian BedfordBrian Bedford, an English-born actor best known to furs as the voice of the titular character in Disney's Robin Hood, passed away January 13, 2016, due to cancer in Santa Barbera, California. He was 80.

Bedford was born in Morley, UK on February 16, 1935. Primarily a stage actor, known for his work on Broadway, he made his Broadway debut in 1959, in the play Five Finger Exercise, directed by John Gielgud. In 1971, he won a Tony Award for his role in The School for Wives. He would gain an additional six Tony nominations; the most recent coming for his last stage role, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. He also appeared in many TV and film roles, though his vocal role as the vulpine Robin Hood is his best known.

Bedford is survived by his husband, Tim MacDonald.

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Woah, he was gay? And he played a fox? The subtext here is...not. ;3

But yeah this sucks, it was my childhood. I broke the news on Facebook in the furaffinity group and it got near 200 likes, people didn't know. I should've linked to this article, bring more site traffic, but it wasn't up at the time. Bummer though, I wonder if he knew the fans he created...

R.I.P.

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I still don't think I've watched the whole movie.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
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Not furry, but holy crap, the English thespians who helped shape childhoods (and starred in Robin Hood adaptations) are not having a good couple of days.

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What the actual fuck. God, I think you're taking the wrong 69 year olds, Trump is still alive!!! ;w;

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Bedford was 80.

Given the (possibly overhyped) connection between Robin Hood and Zootopia, it's a pity he didn't live long enough to see the latter film's release.

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Perhaps he was just taking the obituary as a chance to reference Alan Rickman's death? Snape's gone too.

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I was referring to Bowie. But yeah, too bad. ;w;

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David Bowie, Alan Rickman,and now Brain Bedford. Death is certainly not being kind to the great English performers lately. :(

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You left out Lemmy from Motorhead.

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This Zootopia fan comic's meta-joke just got a lot more poignant.

You should have let him on, Nick.

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Best Zootopia fan art I've seen.

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Paws up if you had NO idea that Mr. Bedford was in a gay relationship. I feel kind of embarrassed...

"Tsk tsk tsk, we never ROB... we just sort of... BORROW from those who can afford it!"

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*puts paw up* yeah I didn't know either. Maybe he subtly was introducing the gay fox stereotype in the fandom. X3

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I wouldn't feel embarrassed about it. I don't follow theater so admittedly I knew next to nothing about his acting career.

The reveal about his domestic relationship was a pleasant detail for this gay crow.

Knowing now of Bedford's orientation, and that he has preformed in drag on the theater stage, will add an interesting level of subtext the next time I watch this movie.

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Every town, has its ups and downs.
Sometimes ups, outnumber the downs.
But not on this news man.

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