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‘Knots Landing’ actor and Army veteran Kevin Dobson dies at 77

Kevin Dobson appeared in more than 65 movies and TV shows over five decades, playing Det. Bobby Crocker opposite Telly Savalas on the crime drama “Kojak” from 1973 to 1978 and Mack MacKenzie in the primetime soap drama “Knots Landing” from 1982 to 1993. Dobson died Sept. 6, 2020. He was 77.

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By GEOFF HERBERT | Syracuse Media Group | Published: September 8, 2020

(Tribune News Service) Former “Knots Landing” and “Kojak” star Kevin Dobson is dead at age 77, the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County announced.

Dobson, an Army veteran who previously served as chairman for the nonprofit organization for military veteran affairs, died Sunday due to “medical complications,” the council said on Facebook. The Wrap reports Dobson suffered a fatal heart attack.

“Our condolences to his family and May he Rest In Peace,” the council added.

Dobson appeared in more than 65 movies and TV shows over five decades, famously playing Det. Bobby Crocker opposite Telly Savalas on the crime drama “Kojak” from 1973 to 1978. He also played Mack MacKenzie in the primetime soap drama “Knots Landing,” appearing in 291 episodes from 1982 to 1993.

Dobson’s credits also included “Shannon,” “F/X: The Series,” “1408,” “House of Lies,” and soap operas like “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Days of Our Lives.”

“One of the truly good guys in the business,” former “Knots Landing” co-star Donna Mills told ET. “A wonderful actor. A shining presence on the set. Funny and fun to be around, I will miss him so much.”

“I am in such shock,” fellow cast member Joan Van Ark addded, “as is everyone in our close-knit on screen ‘Knots’ family. My heart is broken. He would want us to hug... and remember how lucky we were to have each other.”

Dobson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan, three children, five grandchildren and four siblings.

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Kevin Dobson attends the Actor's Fund of America's at Cipriani in New York City, November 17, 2003.
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