Western actor Dale Robertson dies at age 89

By Daniel S Levine,

Dale Robertson, an actor best known for roles in TV Westerns, has died at the age of 89. He was known for his Oklahoman drawl and skills with a horse throughout his lengthy career in films and TV.

According to The New York Times, his wife, Susan, confirmed that the cause of death was pneumonia and cancer. He died at a San Diego hospital.

He was born Dayle Lymoine Robertson in Harrah, Oklahoma in 1923, reports the Associated Press. He went to Oklahoma Military College and served in North Africa and Europe during World War II.

Robertson, who appeared in over 60 movies and 240 TV episodes, started as a bit player in Hollywood, appearing in Joan Crawford’s Flamingo Road, The Boy with the Green Hair and Fighting Man of the Plains. In the 1950s, he transitioned to TV and went on to star in Westerns like Tales of Wells Fargo, Iron Horse and Death Valley Days.

In the early 1980s, he starred in several episodes of Dynasty and also appeared on Dallas.

Despite his success, he never wanted to be considered an actor, instead following in the footsteps of his idol, John Wayne. He developed his own persona, saying in 1988, “An actor can change himself to fit a part, whereas a personality has to change the part to fit himself...The personality has to say it his own way.”

Robertson is a member of the Hall of Great Western Performers and the Cowboy Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, daughters Rochelle Robertson and Rebel Lee and a granddaughter.



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