Kip Niven Dies at 73: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’

Kip Niven, an American actor whose career spanned over four decades, passed away on April 6th, 2021 at the age of 73. He was best known for his roles in many classic films and television shows, such as ‘Magnum Force,’ ‘Alice’ and ‘The Waltons.’

Niven’s most iconic role was in the 1973 classic ‘Magnum Force,’ where he played one of the young rogue traffic cops. He also made numerous appearances on various TV shows, including ‘The Rockford Files’ and ‘Lou Grant.’

Aside from acting, Niven was an avid painter and sculptor. He had been a member of the Santa Monica Art Association since the early 1990s, and his work appeared in numerous galleries across the country.

Niven is survived by his wife, Carol, and two sons. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

The world has lost a true talent with the passing of Kip Niven. His work will continue to inspire generations to come. We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family during this difficult time.

May his memory be a blessing.

Niven’s portrayal of Phog Allen in Jayhawkers is widely regarded as one of his best performances. His commitment to the role was unwavering, and he completely immersed himself in understanding the history and legacy of the legendary coach. He researched the time period extensively, developing a deep appreciation for Coach Allen’s impact on the game of basketball and his beloved University of Kansas.

His performance earned him praise from both critics and fans alike, with many citing it as one of the most moving performances in recent memory. Niven’s work on Jayhawkers serves as a testament to his dedication to acting and inspiring others through storytelling. It is an example of how art can be used to pay tribute and truly honor the legacy of someone who has left a mark on history.

In addition, Niven’s performance in Jayhawkers highlighted his ability to bring Coach Allen’s story to life in a way that resonated with audiences. His portrayal was both accurate and heartfelt, leaving viewers with a lasting appreciation for the man and his legacy. As an actor, Niven was able to capture the essence of Coach Allen’s character and pay homage to the impact he had on Kansas basketball. His performance in Jayhawkers is an example of how art can be used to honor history in a meaningful way. It also serves as proof of Niven’s skill as an actor and his commitment to conveying meaningful stories through his work. His performance in Jayhawkers earned him well-deserved recognition for his artistic talent and passion for acting, and it is a testament to the power of art in honoring our heroes. It stands as one of Niven’s greatest accomplishments.

Niven’s performance in Jayhawkers is a shining example of the impact that art can have on our understanding of history and legacy. It serves as a reminder of how powerful storytelling through film can be, and it is certainly one of Niven’s most memorable roles. His portrayal of Coach Allen is an inspiring example of how art can be used to pay tribute to those who have left a lasting mark on the world. It is an exemplary display of Niven’s passion and dedication as an actor, and it stands as one of his greatest accomplishments.

Niven went on to appear in a string of films during the 1970s, including The Towering Inferno (1974) and Logan’s Run (1976). He also made guest appearances on several popular television shows such as Police Story, CHiPs, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Starsky & Hutch. In 1978, Niven starred in the critically-acclaimed film The Deer Hunter, directed by Michael Cimino and co-starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. Following the success of The Deer Hunter, Niven was cast in numerous other films including his role as lawyer Steven Taylor in North Dallas Forty (1979), which earned him a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1982, Niven starred in the science-fiction classic Blade Runner, and he also made an appearance in the 1984 James Bond film A View to a Kill. With his career spanning over five decades, Niven has demonstrated his versatility as an actor on stage, television, and film. He continues to work today with roles in both television and film.

In the late 1970s, Niven shifted his focus to Broadway and appeared in several plays such as “Hamlet,” which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor. Shortly thereafter, he landed the role of Dr. Noah Hampton on the medical drama St. Elsewhere in 1983.

Niven’s career continued to flourish throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. He had roles in multiple films such as “The Big Easy,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “LA Confidential.” On television, Niven was seen on shows such as “Murder She Wrote,” “Touched by an Angel” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

In addition to his film and television roles, Niven continued to appear on stage. He was featured in productions of “The Music Man,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke.” In the early 2000s, he acted in Broadway’s “Dinner at Eight,” as well as the Off-Broadway show “The Exonerated.” In 2012, Niven completed a world tour of the revival of “Annie” and returned to Broadway in 2013 with the drama “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” for which he earned a Tony nomination.

Niven passed away on April 17, 2019, at age 73. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and their two children. His legacy will continue to live on through the dozens of beloved characters he brought to life over the course of his distinguished career.

Clifford Niven’s contribution to the entertainment industry is immense and his work will be remembered for generations to come. His talent, humor and passion for performing will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his life partner, Claudia, and his children Maggie, Kate and Jim.

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