Dale Robertson dies: Western actor, 'Dallas' alum was 89
Dale Robertson, who starred in numerous westerns and in the original "Dallas" series as well as "Dynasty," has died at age 89.
The actor and World War II veteran passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from complications of lung cancer and pneumonia in a hospital near San Diego, California, his fourth wife of 23 years, Susan, told the New York Times.
Robertson, who was born Dayle Lymoine Robertson in Harrah, Oklahoma in 1923, made his on-screen acting debut in the late 1940s, after World War II, when he served in the Army in Africa and Europe. He was wounded twice and earning bronze and silver stars, the New York Times reported.
The actor's first big role was in the 1949 western "Fighting Man of the Plains," in which he played outlaw Jesse James.
Robertson starred in numerous films in the 1950s -- namely "The Farmer Takes a Wife" with Betty Grable, "Sitting Bull" and "Son of Sinbad." He also appeared on the show "Tales of Wells Fargo" for seven years.
In the late 1970s, he moved back to Oklahoma. He lived on a ranch and raised horses -- a longtime hobby. He continued to act sporadically. He appeared in the steamy primetime soap opera "Dynasty" as Walter Lankershim in 1981.
"I don't approve of some of the things in this show," Robertson told the Pittsburg Press in 1981. "I'm a prude and I don't like violence."
"I've been around oil people for 40 years and I've never known a family like this one. I knew a family like the Ewings once, but never one like this," added.
Robertson went on to star in the competing primetime soap opera "Dallas" as Frank Crutcher. The show's back-stabbing and squabbling Ewing family includes the nefarious J.R., played by Larry Hagman, who reprised his role in a "Dallas" reboot that debuted in 2012. He died at age 81 in November of that year.
In 1987, Robertson starred on the short-lived series "J.J. Starbuck." He last appeared on screen in 1994, when he appeared on the series "Harts of the West."
In the 1950s, Robertson married his first wife, Frederica Jacqueline Wilson. They had a daughter and divorced in 1956. He then married actress Mary Murphy. Their marriage was annulled after three months. The actor married his third wife, Lula Mae Maxey, in 1959. They had a daughter and divorced after 17 years. He wed Susan in 1980. They have no children together.