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Western Actor Dale Robertson Dies Tuesday at 89

Dale Robertson in ‘Tales of Wells Fargo’ 1960 (L. J. Willinger/Keystone Features/Getty)

Are you a fan of TV and movie Westerns? Then you might remember Dale Robertson.

The actor died on Tuesday, February 26, at a California hospital after a brief illness according to his niece, Nancy Robertson, he was 89.

You might have met Robertson during one of his visits to Cheyenne for film festivals.Dale Robertson started his acting career with bit parts in films including ‘The Boy with the Green Hair’ and the Joan Crawford vehicle ‘Flamingo Road’ before landing more high-profile roles such as Jesse James in ‘Fighting Man of the Plains.

He moved into television roles in the 1950s, starring in series such as ‘Tales of Wells Fargo’ (1957-62), ‘Iron Horse’ (1966) and ‘Death Valley Days’ (1968-70).

Robertson continued to work in TV in the 1970s, and in the 1980s he landed roles in the popular night-time soap operas ‘Dallas‘ (as Frank Crutcher) and ‘Dynasty‘ (playing Walter Lankershim). He also portrayed the title character in ‘J. J. Starbuck.

In 1993, he took what would be his final role, as Zeke Terrell (LLoyd Bridges character’s brother) in the show ‘Harts of the West,‘ before retiring from acting to spend more time at his ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma, where he lived until moving to the San Diego area in recent months.

His niece, Nancy, says her Uncle Dale Robertson would want to be remembered as a father, a grandfather and an Oklahoman.


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