Knots Landing's Kevin Dobson dies at 77 after 'struggling with an autoimmune deficiency'

KNOTS Landing star Kevin Dobson died at the age of 77 after "struggling with an autoimmune deficiency."

The actor passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Stockton, California.

His rep, Arthur Toretzk, confirmed his passing to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kevin was best known for portraying Michele Lee's husband, Mack Mackenzie on the CBS soap opera Knots Landing and Detective Bobby Crocker on the CBS crime drama Kojak.

He appeared as cop characters on the short-lived CBS drama Shannon from 1981 to 1982 and on the Canadian series F/X: The Series from 1996 to 1997.

Additionally, Kevin worked on the daytime soap operas Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful and One Life to Live.

On the big screen, Kevin appeared opposite Henry Fonda in the 1976 war movie Midway and portrayed Barbra Streisand’s husband in the 1981 film All Night Long.

After playing Detective Crocker on Kojak for five years up until the show was cancelled, Kevin returned for the 1990 TV movie Kojak: It's Always Something.

In the made-for-television film, Kevin's character graduated to a position as an assistant district attorney.

Kevin joined the cast of Knots Landing during the beginning of the fourth season as federal prosecutor/detective MacKenzie.

His character eventually eloped with Michele's Karen Fairgate after he investigated the death of her first husband.

Kevin remained on the soap opera until its 14th and final season, which concluded in May 1993.

The late actor was born in Queens, New York on March 18, 1943 and was raised in the housing projects in the Jackson Heights neighborhood.

Kevin worked as a waiter and bartender, as well as a conductor for the Long Island Rail Road for seven years, before pursuing a career in acting.

After he found an agent, Kevin read for a summer stock production of The Seven-Year Itch starring Tom Ewell.

He recalled being inspired by the veteran actor during a 2016 interview and said:"Ewell was giving a talk to some high school drama students and I listened to him. He talked about the confidence [acting] takes and it was like something said, 'This is it."

The late actor is survived by his wife, Susan, their children Mariah, Patrick and Sean and their grandchildren Brady, Stella, Marlowe, Tiegan and Rylan.

He is also survived by his brothers Brian and Dennis and sisters Jane and Mary.

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