(L.A.) Tim Choate, 49, Died from a Motorcycle Accident

Case Number: 2004-07257

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 49-year-old Caucasian male that occurred in a hospital.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Tim Choate.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Multiple Blunt Force Injuries

RIP TIM CLARK CHOATE (October 11, 1954 – September 24, 2004)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Friday at 7:32 p.m.

The decedent was an actor who starred in a number of film and television roles on series such as Dragnet and Babylon 5.

He was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle to a rehearsal for a play.

Born and raised in Dallas, Choate appeared in theater productions while attending the University of Texas in Austin and also attended Cornell University.

He was active on stage in both New York and Hollywood. On Broadway, he appeared in “Crimes of the Heart” and “DA.”

On film, his appearances included “Pearl Harbor”; several Merchant Ivory productions including “Jefferson in Paris,” “The Europeans” and “Jane Austen in Manhattan”; “Soapdish,” “Ghost Story” and the Oscar-winning short “Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall.”

On television, he played Zathras on “Babylon 5” and had a recurring role on “Newhart,” as well as appearing in several TV movies and guesting on shows including “The Practice” and “Diagnosis Murder.”

At the time of his death, he was in rehearsals for “Macbett” at the Globe Theater in West Hollywood.

He is survived by his wife Madaly, a son, his father, his mother and a sister.

Gravestone at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale features a line from Hamlet:

‘Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.’