An Oklahoma legend passed away this week, as ABC News reported on Feb. 28 that Dale Robertson died in a hospital in California. Robertson was 89.
Born in Harrah, Okla., Robertson became an actor after his military service in World War II ended. Robertson befriended a country legend in Will Rogers and set out to make a name for himself in the western genre. Over his lengthy career, Robertson starred in 60 projects, most in the western genre, including starring performances in television series such as "Tales of Wells Fargo" and "The Iron Horse."
His career spanned decades and he continued working as he grew older, with turns on the nighttime soap "Dynasty" in the '80s, and the fantastic detective show "J.J. Starbuck" in 1987.
Dale Robertson received the Golden Boot Award in 1985, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is in the National Western Heritage Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
While alive, Robertson remained a strong part of the community in Oklahoma and a strong part of the society in the state, helping out wherever he could. Despite his fame, he was always seen as a true Oklahoman and most who met the man always kind word to say about him.
According to his niece Nancy, Dale Robertson died from lung cancer complications and pneumonia and will be cremated.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.