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Heath Lamberts, Original Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast dies at age 63

Beloved comic actor, Heath Lamberts passed away today at age 63 from cancer in Pittsburg. Lamberts had been diagnosed with cancer in 1998 but it was in remission until recently when it spread to his vital organs.

Born in Toronto, Ontario in 1941, Lamberts began his seasoned career as a soprano with the Toronto Opera Company. In 1960, he appeared in The Gazebo, The Desk Set and Tobacco Road. He played Bottom in the Toronto Symphony's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and was seen in The Red Eye of Love at Toronto's Village Playhouse. It was there that he received the Telegram Award as the Most Promising Newcomer of the Year. He received a Tyrone Guthrie Award during his first season with the Stratford company in 1964, and again in 1966.

Lamberts went on to perform many comedic roles such as originating "Cogsworth" on Broadway in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. He was last seen on Broadway in 1997 in the revival of Once Upon A Mattress with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Earlier that year, he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for his performance in One for the Pot.

Heath also appeared in some twenty films, including To Kill a Clown, Nothing Personal, Ordinary Magic, and the 2001 video recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's By Jeeves.

Lamberts is survived by his longtime girlfriend Louise Silk, who he moved to Pittsburg with in 1998.

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