Actor Harold Gould Dies At 86

2010 Celebrity Deaths

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran character actor Harold Gould, who played Valerie Harper’s father on television’s “Rhoda” and the con man Kid Twist in the 1973 movie “The Sting,” has died. He was 86.

Gould’s daughter-in-law, Leah Gould, told the Los Angeles Times that he died Saturday of prostate cancer at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills.

Gould had a prolific career both on the big and small screens. He appeared in such films as “Harper,” “Love and Death,” “Freaky Friday” and “Patch Adams.”

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On television, he played Betty White’s boyfriend on “The Golden Girls” and also made guest appearances on “Soap,” “Perry Mason” and most recently “Nip/Tuck.”

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lea; his children, Deborah Gould Harris, Joshua Gould and Lowell Gould; and five grandchildren.

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  • crystal

    He was a great one! So sad to hear Rose’s beloved Miles is gone! I didn’t know he lived locally; it would have been cool to meet him.

  • Kayla

    I was thinking the very same thing

  • Drew

    Poor Betty White. She’s now the only person to survive that show. Brilliant cast it’s a sad day when ever we lost any of them. Miles was a great character and a joy to watch. Rest in Peace Mr. Gould.

  • Sam


  • vudu

    I think Betty still has a few year in her at least. She’s always been fun to watch.

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