'S.W.A.T.' star dies: Steve Forrest Known For Lt. Hondo Harrison Role

Friday, 24 May 2013 10:19 AM

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Steve Forrest, star of the television show 'S.W.A.T.', died Saturday at age 87 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was known for his portrayal of Lt. Hondo Harrison on the popular 1970s crime drama.

Forrest's wife Christine said in a statement the actor died peacefully. No cause of death was given, Reuters reported.

Forrest appeared in 1954's "Prisoner of War," which also featured Ronald Reagan, who was later elected U.S. president. In 1960's "Flaming Star," he played alongside Elvis Presley and Barbara Eden. Forrest's older brother, Dana Andrews, was the star of 1940s films "Laura" and "The Best Years of Our Lives."

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"S.W.A.T." ran for 37 episodes from 1975 to 1976 and was produced by Hollywood titans Leonard Goldberg and Aaron Spelling.

Forrest made a guest appearances in the 2003 film adaptation of the series.

The actor, who fought in the U.S. Army at the Battle of the Bulge in World War Two, got his big break when actor Gregory Peck saw him in a theater production in 1950, which led to a contract with film studio MGM.

Forrest also starred in the 1965 British TV spy thriller series "The Baron," which was one of the country's first color television programs.

He was born William Forrest Andrews on September 25, 1925, in Huntsville, Texas. He was the youngest of 13 children.

Forrest is survived by his wife, three sons and four grandchildren.

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