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