The United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County announced the actor’s death on Facebook. Dobson, who died Sunday, served as president of the San Joaquin County group.
Dobson was born on March 18, 1943 in New York. Before pursuing his acting career, the New York native served in several positions for the Long Island Railroad. After working as a brakeman and conductor for the transportation system, he worked as a waiter.
The actor’s first major break in the industry was in the 1968 TV series “One Life to Live” as governer Harrison Brooks. Dawson held the first television role in his decades-long career. Following his success, Dobson called “The Doctors”, “The Rookies,” “Emergency!” Including starred in several other TV series. And “Stuck.”
As the actor became a more regular face for the TV space in the late ’60s and early’ 70s, Dobson played a series regular role as Detective Bobby Crocker in “Kojak”. As Detective Bobby Crocker, Dobson starred alongside Telly Question, who played Titanic Lieutenant Theo Kozak. Additional co-stars were George Savalas, Mark Russell and Dan Fraser.
In 1982 Dobson made a new series regular role as Mack McKenzie in the CBS popular drama “Not’s Landing”. Dobson starred alongside Michelle Lee, Nicollet Sheridan and Ted Shackord in the Golden Globe-nominated show.
While he is best known for his TV work, Dobson also acted in several films. He called Jack Smite’s “Midway,” Bobby Gibbons “All Night Long”, and Donald Schwennes, “She’s No Angel.”
His most recent credits are “Dark Power,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “House of Lies”. The actor played Mickey Horton in “Days” after John Clarke and John Ingle.
Dobson showed the TV series “12 to Midnight”, which will premiere in 2021.
Survivors are Dobson’s wife Susan and their children Maria, Patrick and Sean.