, Muskogee, OK

February 28, 2013

Western film star Robertson dead

Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Robertson’s niece, Nancy Robertson, said her uncle died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness.

Dale Robertson had bit parts in films including “The Boy with the Green Hair” and the Joan Crawford vehicle “Flamingo Road” before landing more high-profile roles such as Jesse James in “Fighting Man of the Plains.”

In the 1950s, he moved into television, starring in series such as “Tales of Wells Fargo” (1957-62), “Iron Horse” (1966) and “Death Valley Days” (1968-70).

Robertson continued to work in TV, and in the 1980s he landed roles in the night-time soap operas “Dallas” and “Dynasty.”

In 1993, he took what would be his final role, as Zeke in “Harts of the West,” before retiring to his ranch in Yukon.