British actor Ray Dotrice has died at the age of 94.
People who are familiar with the HBO series will know Dotrice's voice from the books, A Song Of Ice And Fire, from which the series heavily draws. Dotrice now holds the Guinness World Record for the most characters voiced in a single audiobook, for tackling a whopping 224 characters in Martin's first ASOIAF novel, A Game of Thrones, which runs 33 hours and 36 minutes long in its narrated form. In 1984, Dotrice starred as Leopold Mozart in Amadeus; the film went on to take home eight Oscars, including Best Picture.
His narration of the series - the inspiration for TV fantasy series Game Of Thrones - saw Dotrice awarded a place in the Guinness World Records in 2004 for the greatest number of characters voiced in an audio book at 224. In the saga's first novel, he read 223 characters for the audiobook, which is 33 hours long.
Mr. Dotrice, who later distinguished himself as a Shakespearean actor, was honored by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008 when he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
He was married to wife Kay for 60 years, until her death in 2007.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Dotrice had been cast as Maester Pycelle, a member of the Small Council at King's Landing, but had to pull out of the role due to health concerns.