Kevin Dobson, 'Kojak' and 'Knots Landing' Star, Dies at 77

The actor and U.S. Army veteran was active in veterans’ causes

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Actor Kevin Dobson, a star on beloved CBS dramas, “Kojak” and “Knots Landing,” died yesterday of a heart attack. He was 77.

Dobson’s death was announced via a Facebook post by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County, of which the actor once served as Chairman.

Born on March 18, 1943 in Jackson Heights, New York, Dobson worked as a trainmen, brakeman and conductor on the Long Island Railroad in New York followed by a few years as a waiter before he decided starting his acting career.

Dobson got his start through a series of uncredited appearances on daytime drama “The Doctors” in 1969 and in the 1971 Jane Fonda film “Klute.” After a round of guest spots on dramas “The Mod Squad,” “Emergency!” and “Cannon,” Dobson got his big break with Universal in 1972, which led to his five-season stint as Detective Bobby Crocker opposite Telly Savalas on “Kojak” from 1973 to 1978.

Following Don Murray’s exit of CBS’s “Dallas” spin0ff “Knots Landing” in 1982, Dobson picked up the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest, and eventual husband of Michele Lee as Karen, which lasted for 11 seasons.

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