Fellow actors' children weren't the only ones who got to appreciate him. Beadle also performed in Disneyland, appearing in the Golden Horse Shoe Jamboree as the Mayor of Disneyland, and was the theme park's Santa Claus since 1999.
Billy Beadle is survived by his mother, Opal Beadle, of Long Beach; and cousins Phyllis Gardner, of Eunice, N.M., and Rita Gay Johns, of Quitman, Texas.
Memorial services will be held 7 p.m. on July 25 at Cal State Long Beach's Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Musical Theatre West's Youth Scholarship Program or Actor's Fund. MTW is at 4350 E. Seventh St., Long Beach 90804.