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Actor Stacy Keach released from hospital after mild stroke; no word on returning to 'Frost/Nixon'

March 23, 2009 |  5:44 pm

Stacykeach Actor Stacy Keach was home in Los Angeles Monday, recuperating from the mild stroke he suffered March 17. His speech and ability to move are said to have been unimpaired.

Keach's spokesman, Dick Guttman, said he was released from an undisclosed L.A. hospital Sunday after six days of treatment that included "some procedures that are de rigueur in a situation like that."

Ken Werther, an Ahmanson Theatre spokesman, said it wasn't certain whether or when Keach, 67, would be able to go back on stage in the touring production of Peter Morgan's drama, "Frost/Nixon," that continues here through Sunday. Refunds are available for those who'd had their hearts set on seeing him play Richard Nixon. His understudy, Bob Ari, has taken over since Keach became ill.

"Frost/Nixon" is based on the series of 1977 televised interviews in which British television host David Frost hoped to shake loose an admission of guilt over Watergate, while the disgraced former president tried to lay the groundwork for a return to public life as a respected elder statesman.

The tour moves on to Tempe, Ariz., next week, followed by stops in San Antonio, Sacramento and Dallas before ending May 10 in Seattle. Keach is scheduled to open June 16 in the title role of "King Lear" at the Shakespeare Theatre Co. in Washington, D.C.

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Stacy Keach. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times.