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Edward Binns, a stage-trained character actor whose roles included television detectives and classical figures, has died. He was 74.

Binns and his wife, actress Elizabeth Franz, were returning home to Warren, Conn., from Manhattan Tuesday when he suffered a heart attack, according to a family spokesman. His wife was driving at the time.

Binns, who had a distinctive gravelly voice, played dozens of strong and working-class characters during his 40-year career.

He played a dedicated Army officer in "Command Decision" on Broadway in 1947 and appeared in hundreds of live plays on television in the 1950s. He also starred in the police series "Brenner" as a seasoned detective helping his rookie son navigate the mean streets of New York.

His films included "Twelve Angry Men," "Teresa," "North by Northwest," "Fail Safe," "Patton" and "The Verdict."

Binns, a native of Philadelphia, was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

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