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Kevin Dobson,’Kojak’ and ‘Knots Landing’ star,dies at 77

Kevin Dobson,'Kojak' and 'Knots Landing' star,dies at 77

Veteran actor Kevin Dobson passed away on Sunday at the age of 77. Unfortunately, he was struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. He spent his final moments in a hospital in Stockton, California. Dobson resided in the same city and served as chairman to the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County. The Council announced his death on its official Facebook page.

Kevin Dobson journey as an actor

Dobson got his big break as Gov. Harrison Brooks in One Life to Live in 1968. He also appeared on other daytime soaps such as The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives. Additionally, he worked on shows like Shanon and the Canadian series F/X: The Series. Speaking of the movies, Dobson appeared in Midway (1976) opposite Henry Fonda and played Barbara Streisand’s husband in All Night Long (1981).

Dobson’s career as an actor boomed in 1973 when he landed the role of Detective Crooker on the CBS cop show Kojak. He starred in the show for 5 years after which it got canceled. However, he later returned in the 1990 TV movie Kojak: It’s Always Worth Something. Furthermore, his character had been promoted to Assitant District Attorney in the movie. Dobson further starred in the show Knots Landing opposite Michele Lee for 11 years. He insisted that his character be a VA volunteer as he was in the Army himself. In a video posted by the United Veterans Council, Dobson admitted to having enjoyed serving in the Army. He won 5 Soap Opera Digest awards for his role on Knots Landing.

Dobson – before becoming an actor

Before he even thought about pursuing acting as a career, Dobson worked as a waiter and a bartender. He also worked as a conductor for the Long Island Rail Road for almost 7 years. Later, he found an agent, read for a summer stock play starring Tom Ewell, and was inspired by the veteran actor. In a 2016 interview, he recalled,

Ewell was giving a talk to some high school drama students and I listened to him. He talked about the confidence [acting] takes and it was like something said, ‘This is it.’

Dobson was a disciple of the acting coach Sandy Meisner, and in 1971, he appeared in Jane Fonda’s Klute and moved to California. He starred in many other shows before auditioning thrice for Kojak. Dobson starred in nearly 3 dozen TV movies during his career.

Dobson’s Personal Life

Kevin Dobson was born on 18th March 1943. He was the son of a janitor and a homemaker who was raised in housing projects in Jackson Heights. He married his wife, Susan in 1968 and had 3 children; Mariah, Patrick, and Sean.


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