Soap opera star Kevin Dobson, known for his roles in the "Days of Our Lives" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," has died at age 77. The actor had been struggling with an autoimmune disease before dying Sunday in a Stockton, Calif., hospital, his rep, Arthur Toretzk, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Dobson's career spans 50 decades and includes various film and TV roles. His big break came in the 70s', when he was cast as Detective Bobby Crocker on "Kojak," and then in the long-running soap opera, "Knots Landing," as M. 'Mack' Patrick McKenzie- a role he held for 10 years, from 1982 to 1993, according to Fox News.
Dobson appeared in various other soap operas including "The Bold and the Beautiful," in which he was cast as Judge Devin Owens, and in "Days of Our Lives," which saw him play the role of Mickey Horton for a year. He also appeared in "CSI," "Hawaii Five-O," "Touched by an Angel" and "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac," and starred alongside Barbara Streisand in the 1981 film "All Night Long."
Dobson was committed to helping veterans and served as chairman of the VA’s National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans and the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County, which paid tribute to the late actor in a post to Facebook that featured a video of his 4th of July speech for the local organization.
"Kevin Dobson was always willing to help local veterans organizations," the caption read.
Dobson was recognized for his volunteer work with veterans by President George H.W. Bush and also hosted the Veterans Inaugural Balls for Bush and President Clinton.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, and three children, Mariah, Patrick and Sean.
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