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Kevin Dobson
Born Kevin Patrick Dobson
March 18, 1943 (1943-03-18) (age 66)
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Susan Dobson (1968-present)

Kevin Patrick Dobson (born March 18, 1943) is an American film and television actor of Irish descent, who is primarily known for his roles on television. His most prominent roles were as Det. Bobby Crocker on the popular 1970s TV crime drama Kojak, and as M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie, on the popular 1980s soap opera Knots Landing - a role he played from 1982 until the series' end in 1993. Dobson premiered on the daytime soap opera Days of our Lives as Mickey Horton on April 1, 2008.

Biography

Dobson grew up in the Jackson Heights neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.[1] Before embarking on an acting career, Dobson worked as a trainman, brakeman and conductor for the Long Island Rail Road, followed by a few years as a waiter then bartender at Manhattan restaurant Brew's, owned by relatives.

After small acting roles on TV series such as The Mod Squad and Cannon, Dobson won the role of Telly Savalas's young partner, Det. Bobby Crocker, on the TV series Kojak, after he signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1972. He remained with Kojak for its entire run from 1973 to 1978. He later reunited with Savalas for the 1990 TV movie, Kojak: It's Always Something.

Dobson starred in the Tony Award winning play ART at the Royal George Theater in Chicago. He originated the role of Steve Gallop in the world premiere of the American Theatre Critics Association nominated stage play "If it was Easy..." at The 7Stages Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, among other stage roles across the country.

From 1981-1982, Dobson starred as the title character of the CBS series Shannon, about a San Francisco police officer who is a single father. The series failed to win substantial ratings and was cancelled after nine episodes.

The following season, he landed the role of M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie on Knots Landing, cast opposite Michele Lee, for which he played the role for eleven years. He later reunited with his Knots Landing co-stars for the reunion mini-series Knots Landing: Back To The Cul-de-Sac in 1997, and the non-fiction special Knots Landing: Together Again in 2005.

Dobson also appeared on the syndicated F/X: The Series for one season, playing Detective Leo McCarthy in 1996-97, and on the hit daytime drama series, One Life to Live and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Dobson served twice as Chairman of the National Salute To Hospitalized Veterans, having been a soldier himself. He has been widely acclaimed by veterans organizations for his service to help hospitalized veterans, receiving the Silver Helmet Peace Award and the American Legion Award.

He married his wife Susan in 1968, and they have three children.

Dobson has starred with Richard Thomas in the stage production of "12 Angry Men" slated to resume in 2009.

Dobson said concerning actors who are afraid of being typecast, "...you should be so lucky."

References

  1. ^ Staff. "Hollywood Freeway", Los Angeles Daily News, July 17, 1990. Accessed May 28, 2009. "When you grow up in the projects in Jackson Heights, in the New York borough of Queens, you don't think about having a golf and tennis tournament named after you. You only think about getting out and surviving. Kevin Dobson got out."

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