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Friday, March 1, 2013

Dale Robertson, soldier-turned-onscreen cowboy, dies at 89

Dale Robertson, soldier-turned-onscreen cowboy, dies at 89
By Randee Dawn
TODAY contributor

Dale Robertson, who used his Okie background and love of the American range to craft a long career in TV and film westerns, died at 89 on Wednesday near his home in San Diego, Calif. according to the New York Times.

He died of complications from lung cancer and pneumonia, his wife told the newspaper.

Robertson's career spanned the decades following WWII; he appeared in early television series including "The Iron Horse" and "Death Valley Days," and by the 1980s he had regular recurring roles on later shows like "Dallas" and Dynasty." He created and starred in the "Wells Fargo" series and served as the titular star in the 1987-88 series "J.J. Starbuck." Over the years, he racked up credits in over 60 films and 430 TV episodes.
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