'Monk' actor Stanley Kamel dies

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Stanley Kamel, a veteran TV actor who played Adrian Monk's long-suffering psychiatrist on the TV detective show "Monk," died April 8 of a heart attack in his Hollywood Hills home. He was 65.

Kamel had a nearly four-decade acting career, much of it on TV. He had a recurring role as an unscrupulous psychiatrist, Dr. Graham Lester, in the 1995 television series "Murder One" and other recurring roles on "Days of Our Lives," "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" as well as smaller roles on many other shows.

Kamel began acting off-Broadway and got his first television break playing Eric Peters on "Days of Our Lives" in the 1970s. He appeared in several movies.

For several years, he portrayed Dr. Charles Kroger on the USA Network series "Monk." As Kroger, he dispensed advice during weekly therapy sessions to Monk (Tony Shalhoub).

"Stanley was an amazingly talented and extremely kind man, and an important member of the USA family. He will be sorely missed," the network said in a statement.

Kamel is survived by his brothers, Stephen and Robert.
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