Seattle actor, a 1977 Whitman College graduate, dies

Mark Chamberlin, who died Tuesday, appeared in many plays in the city as well as on Broadway, in films and on TV.

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SEATTLE -- Seattle stage actor and Whitman College graduate Mark Chamberlin died Tuesday after a weekend bicycle accident.

In addition to major roles on many Seattle stages (Seattle Rep, Taproot, ACT Theatre), he appeared on Broadway and in a number of film and television projects.

He recently finished a run as Odysseus in Taproot's production of "The Odyssey."

In addition, he was the president of the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter's board of directors, and also served on the boards of the UW School of Drama and New Century Theatre Company.

Chamberlin's agent, Topo Swope, called him one of Seattle's finest actors.

Chamberlin appeared in many productions as a student at Whitman's Harper Joy Theatre in the 1970s. He graduated in 1977.

In the spring of 2008, Chamberlin returned as a guest artist and performed in "Major Barbara." He also participated as a panelist at last year's 50-year HJT reunion.

The Seattle Times is looking into the details surrounding the accident and Chamberlin's death.

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