Royce D. Applegate

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Royce D. Applegate
Headshot of Royce D. Applegate
Born (1939-12-25)December 25, 1939
Midwest City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died January 1, 2003(2003-01-01) (aged 63)
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery in Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Other names Royce Applegate
Occupation Actors, screenwriter, author
Years active 1969 – 2003
Spouse(s) Norma Applegate (?-1969) (Divorced)

Royce D. Applegate (December 25, 1939 – January 1, 2003) was an American actor and screenwriter. Born in Oklahoma, his most visible role was that of Chief Petty Officer Manilow Crocker on the first season of the Steven Spielberg-produced television series seaQuest DSV.

In 1985 Applegate played tragic family man-turned-kidnapper Donald Brown, a bereaved father who abducts Sam McKinney (Danny Cooksey) in order to replace his own dead son, on the premiere episode of Diff'rent Strokes final season (when it moved from NBC to ABC).

Applegate portrayed Confederate General James L. Kemper in two Ronald F. Maxwell movies, Gettysburg (1993) and Gods and Generals (2003).

On New Year's Day 2003, Applegate died in his Hollywood Hills home in a fire just one week after his 63rd birthday.[1]

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  1. The Associated Press (January 3, 2003). "Actor Royce Applegate found dead". USA Today.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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