Stacy Keach Suffers Stroke

The Prison Break and The New Mike Hammer has been hospitalized

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Stacy Keach was due to take the stage in a Los Angeles touring production of Nixon/Frost Tuesday evening, but canceled his performance due to health reasons.

The actor “has been diagnosed as having experienced a very mild stroke with no impairment whatsoever of his motor or speech abilities,” his representative, Dick Guttman, said in a statement. “He remains today in a Los Angeles hospital for observation and routine precautionary procedures.”

Keach, 67, portrays Richard Nixon in the play about a series of tense interviews between the former president and British TV journalist David Frost. (The 2008 film adaptation, directed by Ron Howard, was nominated for an Oscar.)

“The producers of Frost/Nixon look forward to his speedy recovery and to his return to the show as soon as he is able,” Guttman said.

The Georgia-born actor is known for his title role of the 1980s detective series The New Mike Hammer and appeared in Prison Break from 2005 to 2007. His film credits include “American History X and last year’s W, in which he played a Texas preacher who ministers to former President George W. Bush.

Keach was arrested after being caught with cocaine at a London airport in 1984 and was jailed in Britain for six months. “I never went near it again,” he said in an interview with Reuters last year. “Everyone at the time said the sentence was too harsh. But it saved my life.” He said he now focuses on keeping busy and playing golf, once a week if possible.

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