Bernie Hamilton, “Starsky and Hutch” Actor, Dies

Bernie Hamilton, an actor made famous for his role as the police captain on “Starsky and Hutch,” has died. Hamilton suffered cardiac arrest Tuesday night at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 80 years old.

Bernie Hamilton: 1928 – 2009

Bernie Hamilton made more than 20 movies in his Hollywood career, but his turn as Captain Harold Dobey on the 70s-era series “Starsky and Hutch” — a role that, incidentally, started as a guest appearance — may be the part for which he is most remembered. Hamilton played alongside David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser in 68 episodes over a four year span.

Bernie Hamilton’s movies include “The Devil at 4 O’Clock,” “The Young One,” “Walk the Walk,” and “The Swimmer.” He spent his later years producing R&B and gospel records with a record label called Chocolate Snowman.

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Bernie Hamilton Pictures

These Bernie Hamilton photos show the actor in his role as Captain Harold Dobey on the set of “Starsky and Hutch.”

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