Thursday, April 10, 2008

Stanley Kamel (Days, Melrose Place, 90210) Passes Away

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Stanley Kamel, who played Adrian Monk's long-suffering psychiatrist on the TV detective show Monk, has died. He was 65.

Kamel was found dead Tuesday of a heart attack in his Hollywood Hills home by his agents, publicist Cynthia Snyder said.

Kamel, born on January 1, 1943, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, had a nearly four-decade acting career, much of it on television. He had a recurring role as an unscrupulous psychiatrist, Dr. Graham Lester, in the 1995 television series Murder One, and other recurring roles on Days of Our LivesMelrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210, as well as smaller roles on many other shows.

Kamel began acting off-Broadway and got his first television break playing Eric Peters on Days of Our Lives in the 1970s. He appeared in several movies.

For several years, he portrayed Dr. Charles Kroger on the USA Network series Monk. As Kroger, he dispensed advice during weekly therapy sessions to Monk (Tony Shalhoub), a brilliant but neurotic private detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder.