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Kid Twist Will Con No More as Actor Harold Gould Dies at 86

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September 14, 2010
Source: The Washington Post

Carey Mulligan

The cunning, mustached Kid Twist took part in one of the greatest cons to grace the silver screen in The Sting. But Paul Newman and Robert Redford wouldn't have had a partner in crime if it wasn't for character actor Harold Gould who sadly passed away over the weekend at 86 years-old. The actor died on September 11th after a struggle with prostate cancer. Before The Sting, Gould previously found success alongside Newman in Harper and with Redford in Inside Daisy Clover. The actor gained even more fame by appearing in over 100 TV series incuding "Golden Girls," "Hogan's Heroes," "Hawaii Five-0," and, perhaps most notably, "Rhoda."

More recently Mr. Gould found consistent work as the resident grandfather in several family films including Disney's Freaky Friday remake and Stuart Little. In addition, Gould shared the screen with Robin Williams as a mental hospital patient in Patch Adams. According to The Washington Post his only regret may have been missing out on reprising his role as hardware store owner Howard Cunningham on the TV spin-off "Happy Days." After making an appearance on "Love, American Style," the show that inspired the popular period series, producers wanted Gould to come back for their spin-off but he had already committed to perform abroad in a musical about Karl Marx. He says, "Those are painful decisions. On the other hand, I probably would have shot myself after two years. I need variety in my work." Thanks for the variety, Mr. Gould, and rest in peace.

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