[JPL] Bernie Hamilton, Œ Starsky and Hutch ¹ Captain, Dies at 80

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Bernie Hamilton¹s brother is Chico Hamilton.....


Bernie Hamilton, ŒStarsky and Hutch¹ Captain, Dies at 80
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 4:09 a.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor Bernie Hamilton, who played the no-nonsense police
captain on the 1970s TV series ''Starsky and Hutch,'' has died. He was 80.
Hamilton died of cardiac arrest Tuesday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical
Center, said his son, Raoul Hamilton.

Born in Los Angeles in 1928, Hamilton ran away from home as a teenager and
wound up staying in someone's garage and attending Oakland Technical High
School, where he played football and got involved in acting.

Hamilton appeared in more than 20 films, including ''The Young One,'' ''The
Devil at 4 O'Clock,'' ''Synanon,'' ''The Swimmer,'' ''Walk the Walk'' and
''The Organization.''

He also had guest appearances on television series before becoming a regular
on ''Starsky and Hutch,'' the ABC police drama starring Paul Michael Glaser
and David Soul. Hamilton played the brusque, by-the-book Capt. Harold Dobey,
a role that gave him wide recognition to this day, his son said.

After ''Starsky and Hutch,'' Hamilton spent the next 20 years in the music
business producing R&B and gospel records under the record label Chocolate
Snowman.
 


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