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Frank Doubleday, John Carpenter's "Escape from New York" Villain, Dies at Age 73

Updated On 31 May, 2018 Published On

Frank Doubleday, a specialist in portraying villains who gave his creepy performances in the John Carpenter films Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13, has died at the age of 73.

Frank's death was confirmed weeks after his passing, by his actress-wife Christina Hart (Charley Varrick). She told The Hollywood Reporter that her husband passed away on March 3 of complications from esophageal cancer at his home in Los Angeles.

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Born on 28 January 1945, in Norwich, Connecticut, Frank moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was only 6.

While working for the U.S. Postal Service, he saw a production of Waiting for Godot at Los Angeles Pierce Junior College after which he decided to enter in the film industry.

The late actor had made his film debut in The First Nudie Musical (1976), starring alongside actress Cindy Williams. He eventually appeared in other movies like Avenging Angel (1985), Space Rage (1985), Nomads (1986), Broadcast News (1987) and Dollman (1991).

Doubleday also played criminal types on the shows like Police Story, T.J. Hooker, Starsky & Hutch, Charlie's Angels, Hill Street Blues and Sledge Hammer.

Besides his wife, Frank is also survived by his daughters, Portia Doubleday (Mr. Robot) and Kaitlin Doubleday, and his mother, Jane.