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Stacy Keach had mild stroke: spokesman
March 19, 2009 / 2:05 AM / 9 years ago

Stacy Keach had mild stroke: spokesman

<p>Stacy Keach speaks as Sarah Wayne Callies listens at the Fox summer press tour hosted in Beverly Hills, California, July 29, 2005. Keach was hospitalized on Tuesday for an undisclosed health problem, his representative said. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello</p>

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran actor Stacy Keach, who stars in the touring stage production of “Frost/Nixon,” suffered a mild stroke before being hospitalized in Los Angeles this week, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Keach, 67, who plays late U.S. President Richard Nixon in the play, was admitted to an undisclosed hospital on Tuesday.

“Actor Stacy Keach has been diagnosed as having experienced a very mild stroke with no impairment whatsoever of his motor or speech abilities,” his spokesman, Dick Guttman, said in a statement.

“The producers of ‘Frost/Nixon’ look forward to his speedy recovery and to his return to the show as soon as he is able,” Guttman said. No further details were disclosed.

Keach is perhaps best known for playing detective Mike Hammer on the 1980s television series of the same name. From 2005 to 2007, he starred in TV drama “Prison Break.”

His film roles include a boxer in the 1972 movie “Fat City,” a white supremacist in “American History X” in 1998 and a preacher in “W,” a movie last year about former President George W. Bush.

“Frost/Nixon” was playing in Los Angeles when Keach suffered his stroke and was due to run until March 29. Understudy Bob Ari has taken Keach’s place.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Paul Simao

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