Kevin Dobson, an actor best known for his starring roles on the CBS shows “Kojak” and “Knots Landing,” died Sunday. He was 77.
His death was announced by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County, of which Dobson once served as Chairman, in a post on Facebook on Monday afternoon.
Born on March 18. 1943 in Jackson Heights, A former Army soldier and Long Island Rail Road conductor in New York. followed by a few years as a waiter before he decided to pursue a career as an actor in the late 1960s, first appearing on shows like “One Life to Live,” “The Doctors,” “The Mod Squad,” “Emergency!” and “Cannon.”
His first major role came on “Kojak,” where he played detective Bobby Crocker, opposite star Telly Savalas’ lead role as lieutenant Theo Kojak. The show aired for five season on CBS from 1973 to 1978, and Dobson reunited with the cast for the 1990 TV movie “Kojak: It’s Always Something.”
Dobson joined the cast of the primetime soap opera “Knots Landing” during its fourth season in 1982. He played Marion Patrick “Mack” MacKenzie, the love interest and eventual husband of star Michele Lee’s character Karen MacKenzie.
He was a main cast member of the series until its cancellation in 1993 after 14 seasons. He and the cast reunited for a miniseries called “Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac” in 1997. For his role, he earned five Soap Opera Digest Awards throughout his career.
His next regularly scheduled role was on CBS detective drama Shannon, which aired for just nine episodes in the 1981-82 TV season.
When Don Murray prematurely exited CBS’s Dallas spin0ff Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson landed the role of M. Patrick (”Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest, and eventual husband of Michele Lee as Karen, which lasted 11 seasons.
“For an actor, that was like striking gold; a working actor for all those years,” Dobson once told me. “Thank you Don Murray for leaving the show!”
Following Knots Landing, Kevin Dobson guest-starred in dramas Burke’s Law, Touched By An Angel and The Commish, and appeared for the first season in Canadian drama FX: The Series, which was based on the film F/X.
Additionally, he made multiple appearances in daytime dramas The Bold and The Beautiful and Days of Our Lives in 2007 and 2008, respectively. And he appeared in a number of TV movies, and as a guest in dramas Cold Case, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Hawaii Five-O, and House of Lies.
His film roles included All Night Long in 1981 opposite Barbra Streisand and 1408 in 2007 opposite John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
Dobson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan, and their three children: a daughter, Mariah Dobson, and two sons, Patrick Dobson and Sean Dobson.