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Simon MacCorkindale, 'Falcon Crest' actor, dies

LONDON - British actor Simon MacCorkindale, who starred on British television in "Casualty" and in the United States in "Falcon Crest," has died at age 58.

MacCorkindale died Thursday of bowel cancer in a London clinic, publicist Max Clifford said.

Once talked up as a potential James Bond, MacCorkindale's career proved more modest. He won the starring role in "Manimal" as a crime-fighting college professor capable of metamorphosing into any animal, but it survived for just eight episodes on NBC in 1983. He had better luck on CBS' "Falcon Crest," appearing in 59 episodes from 1984 to 1986 as womanizing lawyer Greg Reardon.

Back in his native England, MacCorkindale had a six-year run on the BBC hospital series "Casualty" as consultant Harry Harper.

His first marriage to Fiona Fullerton ended in divorce. He is survived by his second wife, actress Susan George. He had no children. - AP

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