Dale Robertson, Star of Movie and TV Westerns, Dead at 89

Dale Robertson appeared in "Fighting Man of the Plains" and "Tales of Wells Fargo," among many others

Dale Robertson, who hosted TV western series "Death Valley Days" and starred in a number of big-screen westerns in the '50s and '60s, died Wednesday at the age of 89 of complications from lung cancer.

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Younger audiences would remember him from appearances on "Dallas" and "Dynasty"; he also starred in "J.J. Starbuck," which ran on NBC for one season from 1987 to 1988.

He died in San Diego, Calif., his wife Susan told the New York Times.

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Born Dayle Lymoine Robertson on July 14, 1923, in Harrah, Okla., Robertson attended the Oklahoma Military Academy and served in the Army during World War II. During his service, he was wounded twice, and received bronze and silver stars.

His first movie role was an uncredited part in 1948's "The Boy With Green Hair." The next year he would portray Jesse James in "Fighting Man of the Plains." In all, he racked up more than 60 film roles and appeared in 430 television episodes, according to the Times.

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Married four times, Robertson is survived by his wife Susan, his daughters Rochelle Robertson and Rebel Lee, and a granddaughter.