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Paul Sparer (Born December 19, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Died November 19, 1999 in New York City, New York, USA) was an American character actor. He appeared as Rex Cooper in the soap operas Somerset and Another World. He was also known for narrating the anthology TV series Tales from the Darkside. His film roles include Loving and The House on Carroll Street while television appearances include Armstrong Circle Theater, Kojak, The Adams Chronicles, Lou Grant and Spenser: For Hire. Sparer also played Dr. Edward Auster in the first episode of Law & Order "Prescription for Death". Sparer was married to actress Nancy Marchand.