Hollywood dialect coach Robert Easton dies at 81

December 22, 2011 - 11:45 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Character actor and Hollywood dialect coach Robert Easton, whose successes include teaching Forest Whitaker to speak like Idi Amin in the 2006 movie "The Last King of Scotland," has died in Los Angeles. He was 81.

Daughter Heather Woodruff Perry tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/rEfhAQ ) that Easton died of natural causes on Monday at his home in the San Fernando Valley.

His movie credits include "Paint Your Wagon," ''Pete's Dragon," ''Pet Sematary II" and "Primary Colors."

When he was younger, he mainly played country bumpkins on TV shows because of his Southern drawl.

He feared being typecast so he worked on different accents and learned he could mimic regional speech patterns.

As a dialect coach, he worked Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlton Heston, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway and Robert Duvall.