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4/02/2004 02:37:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Richard Leech, the Irish-born character actor who played Gatherer Hade in "The Sun Makers," has died of undisclosed causes. He passed away on March 24 at age 81. Among his many roles were parts in the films "Gandhi," "A Handful of Dust," "The Red Dress," "A Night to Remember" and "The Shooting Party" and guest appearances on TV in "North and South," "David Copperfield," "A Woman of Substance," "Barchester Chronicles," "Smiley's Poeple" and "The Duchess of Duke Street". An obituary can be found at the Telegraph paper's website. (Thanks to Andrew Green, Matthew Kilburn)