Knots Landing Star, Kevin Dobson Dies at 77

Kevin Dobson dies at 77, one of the most popular actor among the baby boomer generation. He played the role of Detective Bobby Crocker in Kojak and Mark in one of the most sensational American TV series of its time, Knots Landing. Earlier this week, Kevin’s death was announced by The United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County. Kevin served as its chairman. Dobson’s acting career spans over five decades. He kicked off his career by first appearing in ABC Daytime and One Life to Live. He was a part of several small projects and later landed up to sign a contract with Universal Studios in 1972. It was the turning point in his career, which ultimately landed him to appear in Knots Landing and Kojak. 

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His three children and wife Susan survive Kevin. He was suffering from autoimmune deficiency and took his last breath on September 6, 2020. 

From Underpaid Jobs to Highest-Paid TV Actor 

Before Dobson embarked on an acting career, he worked as a waiter, brakeman, trainman, and conductor for Long Island Rail Road. Despite being from Irish decent, he paved his way into the US television industry. However, his early years in the industry weren’t successful, but after signing the contract with Universal Studios, he emerged as one of the most sensational TV stars. His appearance in Kojak as Det. Bobby Crocker led him to rose to fame. However, he failed the two auditions, but his third audition proved to be lucky for him. He was part of the series for its entire five seasons that on aired from 1973 to 1978. 

Afterward, he appeared in Shannon, but the show didn’t garner a positive rating, and it was canceled lately. Nevertheless, in 1982, Dobson appeared in Knots Landing opposite Michele Lee as M. Patrick. The show was the biggest sensation and hit of its time. It was the point where the underpaid worker became one of the highest-paid US TV actors. Apart from TV series, Kevin was also a part of stage performances. 

Stage Performances

In Royal George Theater, he appeared in the Award-winning play “Art.” Kevin Dobson also performed in If it was Easy world premiere by American Theatre Critics Association. He played the role of Steve Gallop. He also appeared in 12 Angry Men alongside Richard Thomas. However, the actor has faced type casting and once said that those who aren’t typecast are lucky enough. Even though he was typecasted, but still made a big fortune by working as the highest-paid actor in the American TV industry. 

Former Army Soldier Kevin Dobson Dies at 77

Kevin also served as an Army soldier. He was also appointed Chairman of National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. He also received (American Veterans) Silver Helmet Peace Award and American Legion Award. He was also a life and charter member of AMVETS. kevin’s death was announced by United Veterans Council.