Escape from New York star Frank Doubleday dies

Frank Doubleday as Romero in Escape from New York

Frank Doubleday, the character actor best known for his scene-stealing roles as villains in John Carpenter's iconic films Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape from New York, has died after a battle with cancer.

The Hollywood Reporter says Doubleday, who was 73, died of complications from oesophageal cancer at his home in Los Angeles on March 3, but that his wife of 40 years, actress Christina Hart, only announced his passing this week.

Doubleday played one of the leaders of the gang Street Thunder in John Carpenter's 1976 film Assault on Precinct 13, and reunited with the director for his role as henchman Romero in 1981's Escape from New York.

His other screen credits included Broadcast NewsStarsky & HutchCharlie's Angels and TJ Hooker.

He is survived by his wife Christine Hart, actress daughters Portia and Kaitlin Doubleday and his mother, Jane.