Friday, May 20, 2011

Ross Hagen, R. I. P.

Variety: "Ross Hagen, a regular on the 1960s TV adventure series 'Daktari' who went on to write, direct and produce some low-budget pics, died of prostate cancer May 7 in Brentwood, Calif. He was 72.

The actor guested on TV Westerns such as 'The Big Valley' and 'The Virginian' during the mid-'60s while also appearing on the bigscreen in the Elvis Presley film 'Speedway' and low-budget biker pics such as 'The Mini-Skirt Mob' and 'The Hellcats.'

He joined the cast of CBS' 'Daktari,' starring Marshall Thompson as an American running an animal study center in Africa, in 1968. He appeared in 12 episodes as Bart Jason, a hunter who had become a photographic safari guide."

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