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Actor, Karl Binger dies leaving wife Dorraine Samuels

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BingerKarl Binger, actor, tourism executive, who was also the husband of broadcaster,
Dorraine Samuels, has died.
Playwright Basil Dawkins, Binger's friend for over 30 years, told The Gleaner
that he passed away Sunday evening after a long illness.
Binger worked at the Urban Development Corporation and the Tourism Product
Development Company (TPDCo) for several years. He was executive director at the
TPDCo, and served in a similar capacity at the Nature Preservation Foundation (NPF) for the last six years.
At the NPF, he was in charge of maintaining the Hope Botanical Gardens in St
Andrew. Binger was also a former chairman of the Lay Magistrates Association. In 2002,
he was awarded the Order of Distinction, Jamaica's fifth-highest civic honour.
Many in the local arts community knew Binger best as an actor who appeared in
several major productions including the 1962 pantomime Busha Bluebeard, and the
classic plays Smile Orange and Old Story Time, which were both written and
directed by Trevor Rhone.
Actress Leonie Forbes worked with Binger in Busha Bluebeard and Old Story Time.
In the latter, he played her son Len, which is widely considered his finest
performance.
Karl Binger is survived by his widow, broadcaster Dorraine Samuels.
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