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Hamilton Camp died suddenly on October 2, 2005. He is survived by 6 children and 13 grandchildren. Please read my personal tribute to him here.
Hamilton Camp was an actor, a singer, and a songwriter. His acting career started at age 12 in 1946; his music career began in the early 1960s, when he and Bob Gibson made their mark on folk music with the live album, Gate of Horn. In 1964, Hamilton wrote and recorded the folk classic, Pride of Man, also recorded by artists like Gordon Lightfoot, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tony Rice and Gram Parsons.
Read more about Hamilton on the Hamilton Camp biography page.
Activities in 2004 and 2005: In the spring of 2004, he appeared as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at A Noise Within in Los Angeles. F. Kathleen Foley, writing for the LA Times, said this of his performance:
"Hamilton Camp, who plays the buffoonish courtier, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, is bar none the funniest character in the show. A master of the discreet double take, Camp is outrageously silly but never cheap, always keeping his wackiness well within the confines of Taborl's realistic construct." - LA Times, March 26, 2004
In July of that year, Hamilton appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Hollywood Bowl, and reprised his role as Snug The Joiner in the production at A Noise Within in Los Angeles during the Fall. During the summers of 2004 and 2005 he coached theater games in Door County, Wisconsin.
In January, 2005, he traveled to the Washington, DC area for appearances at the World Folk Music Association annual benefit concerts (January 14 & 15), and a concert at Jammin' Java on the 16th. Read my informal report on the weekend here.
In the spring of 2005, he finished work on his final movie role playing Bix Karew in Hard Four. The movie was finally released direct to DVD in 2010. You can purchase the DVD from Amazon here, or downloaded the movie as an instant video here. There is an extended interview from the movie that you can watch on Youtube (watch the Begley for Governor Extended Interview). Since it is called an "extended interview", I am thinking that it might be more than is actually in the movie. I won't know for sure until I get my copy!
An official memorial called "An Afternoon of Stories, Songs and Memories" was held on January 22nd, 2006 at The Improv, Hollywood in Los Angeles.
With consummate skill, wit and and abundance of talent, he bridged these two disciplines throughout his life, and leaves a wonderful legacy of music and films.
If you have any archival material relating to Hamilton, including pictures, videos or audio recordings, the family would very much appreciate it if you could make them available. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything you can share.
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