'It Takes a Thief' Star Malachi Throne Dead at 84

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'It Takes a Thief' Star Malachi Throne Dead at 84

Malachi Throne, who played Robert Wagner's boss Noah Bain in the 1960s series "It Takes a Thief" among many other roles during a long career, Throne's agent told TheWrap on Friday. He was 84.

"Supernatural" and "Justified" actor Jim Beaver, posted news of Throne's death on his Facebook page Thursday, writing, "My good friend Malachi Throne died last night. One of the finest actors and finest people I've been fortunate enough to know."

Theatre West, a Los Angeles-based theater company, also noted Throne's death, writing, "Theatre West says goodbye to our good friend and colleague Malachai [sic] Throne 1928-2013" on its website.

Neither Beaver or Theatre West stated the cause of Throne's death.

Born Dec. 1, 1928 in New York City, Throne (pictured with Muhammad Ali in the 1977 movie "The Greatest") was an early convert to show business, first appearing on stage at age 10 as Huckleberry Finn, in a production of "Tom Sawyer" by the New York Parks Department.

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He became a familiar face on television through numerous guest appearances on series including "Ben Casey, "The Fugitive," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Hogan's Heroes" and "Mannix."

Throne's television roles also included the villain False Face on the "Batman" series, a character who used disguises when evil-doing and a semi-transparent mask when he wasn't committing crimes.

In later years, Throne would appear on "Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II" as well as "The West Wing." He would also provide voice work for series such as "Batman Beyond," "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "The New Batman Adventures."

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