LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Kimbrough, a Tony and Emmy-nominated actor who played a straight newscaster opposite Candice Bergen on «Murphy Brown,» died January 11 in Culver City, California. He was 86 years old.

Kimbrough played journalist Jim Dial on all 10 seasons of the hit CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” from 1988 to 1998, earning an Emmy nomination in 1990 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He reprized the role for three episodes in the 2018 reboot.

The New York Times first reported his death and his son and agents confirmed it Sunday to The Associated Press.

“Whether on stage or in front of the camera, he was a joy to watch,” said SMS Talent, Inc., the talent agency that represented Kimbrough.

The agency said the actor died of natural causes at a hospital.

Kimbrough’s wife, actress Beth Howland, who played waitress Vera on the CBS sitcom «Alice» from the 1970s and ’80s, died in 2016. They married in 2002, more than a decade after their divorce in 1991 from his first wife, Mary Jane (Wilson). Kimbrough, who died in 2007.

SMS Talent said Kimbrough is survived by a sister, Linda Kimbrough, a son, John Kimbrough, a stepdaughter, Holly Howland, and a granddaughter, Cody.

Born May 23, 1936, Kimbrough spent years on the New York theater scene. He was nominated for a Tony in 1971 for his Broadway performance in Stephen Sondheim’s musical «Company.»

Kimbrough also provided the voice of a gargoyle named Victor in Disney’s animated film «The Hunchback of Notre Dame.»