- Hamilton Camp
name = Hamilton Camp
October 30, 1934
deathdate = death date and age|2005|10|02|1934|10|30
Los Angeles, California
Hamilton Camp (
October 30, 1934– October 2, 2005) was an English-born American singer, songwriter, and actor.
Camp was born in
London, England, and was evacuated during World War IIto the United States as a child with his mother and sister(s). He became a child actor in films and onstage. He originally performed under the name Bob Camp and later changed his name to Hamilton after being opened in Subud. For a few years, he billed himself as Hamid Hamilton Camp; in this time period, he was leader of a group called Skymontersthat released an album in 1973 on Elektra.
Camp's debut as a folk singer was at the
Newport Folk Festivalin 1960; and his first recording, with Bob Gibson, was "Gibson & Camp at the Gate of Horn", also from 1960. Over the next four decades he maintained a dual career as a musician/songwriter and as an actor. He appeared in nearly one hundred films and televisionprograms. Camp is probably best known, however, as the author of the song "Pride of Man", which was recorded by a number of artists, notably Quicksilver Messenger Service, who had a pop hit with it, and Gordon Lightfoot, who included it as one of three covers on his first record. In addition, an early Gibson & Camp gospel song, "You Can Tell the World" was the opening track on Simon and Garfunkel's first album, " Wednesday Morning 3 A.M."
He also performed with the
San Franciscosatirical comedytroupe The Committeeand appeared in a number of stage productions, including a 2004 production of " A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Hollywood Bowl.
His television work includes a supporting role on "
He & She", a sitcom starring Richard Benjaminand Paula Prentiss, which ran for one season in 1967-1968. He also guest starred on popular television shows such as "M*A*S*H", " The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Twilight Zone", " Starsky and Hutch", Andy Griffith Show, " Cheers", ' (as the older H.G. Wells), and twice appeared on ' as Leck, a Ferengi. He also had the misfortune of being a "regular" on three series that were each cancelled after only one episode: " Turn-On" (1969), "Co-Ed Fever" and "", both in (1979). In the opening season of " WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978), Camp guest starred in episode 5 as Del Murdock, owner of Del's Stereo and Sound. Camp also appeared as a semi-regular on "Too Close for Comfort" (1980) as Arthur Wainright, the adventurous, youth-oriented boss of Ted Knight's Henry Rush.
He was the voice of
Fenton Crackshell, aka GizmoDuck, on the Disney animated series " DuckTales". He played the role of old Malcolm Corley in LucasArts's graphic adventure"Full Throttle". He also voiced the Prophet of Mercy in the 2004 video game " Halo 2". He also voiced Count Draculain " Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf", and became Disney Studio's new voice of Merlin, following the death of Karl Swenson.
Camp's final work was on the film "Hard Four" in early 2005, as well as a musical album produced by
James Lee Stanleycalled "Sweet Joy", completed just days before his death.
He died suddenly of a heart attack on
October 2, 2005at the age of seventy, and is survived by six children and thirteen grandchildren.
* [http://www.hamiltoncamp.com Hamilton Camp Official site]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:aq6gtr29klmx~T1 Hamilton Camp on AllMusic Guide]
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