David Birney dead at 83: St Elsewhere and Bridget Loves Bernie star battled Alzheimer's

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David Birney dead at 83: Star of St Elsewhere and Bridget Loves Bernie passes away after Alzheimer’s battle

  • The longtime thespian passed away at his home in Santa Monica on Friday his lifer partner Michele Roberge told the New York Times 
  • He had battled Alzheimer’s for five years before succumbing aged 83 on April 29
  • After finding early success on Broadway, he landed a starring role on sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie in 1972 which was considered one of the most controversial television shows of the time 

David Birney – an actor best known for his work on St Elsewhere and Bridget Loves Bernie – has died at 83 after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

 The longtime thespian passed away at his home in Santa Monica on Friday his lifer partner Michele Roberge told the New York Times.

He had battled Alzheimer’s for five years before succumbing aged 83 on April  29.

Sad news: David Birney - an actor best known for his work on St Elsewhere and Bridget Loves Bernie - has died at 83 after a battle with Alzheimer's

Sad news: David Birney – an actor best known for his work on St Elsewhere and Bridget Loves Bernie – has died at 83 after a battle with Alzheimer’s

Big gig: He starred on St Elsewhere in 1982  with Cynthia Sykes (bottom left), William Daniels (top left), and Ed Flanders (right)

Big gig: He starred on St Elsewhere in 1982  with Cynthia Sykes (bottom left), William Daniels (top left), and Ed Flanders (right) 

After finding early success on Broadway, he landed a starring role on sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie in 1972 which was considered one of the most controversial television shows of the time.

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