‘Cagney & Lacey’ Actor Paul Mantee Dead at 82

The veteran actor and writer also starred in 1964’s “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” and published two novels

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 8:16 PM

Veteran actor and writer Paul Mantee is dead at 82.

Mantee is best known for playing Det. Al Corassa from 1983-1988, the CBS police procedural starring Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless. His numerous other TV credits include guest turns on “Murder She Wrote,” “Seinfeld,””Kojak,” “Mission Impossible,” “The A Team” and “The Fall Guy.”

His movie credits include science-fiction classic,1964’s “Robinson Crusoe on Mars.” He has also appeared in the films “Memorial Day,” “Apollo 13,” “The Great Santini” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”

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After retiring from acting, the Malibu resident wrote for various local publications and published two novels from Ballantine Books, 1991’s “In Search of the Perfect Ravioli” and 1994’s “Bruno of Hollywood.”

Born in San Francisco, Mantee majored in journalism at San Mateo Junior College, then served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War. After serving, he attended and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He moved to Hollywood and began acting in the 50s.

He was formerly married to actress Ann Newman (1966’s “El Dorado”). He is survived by his fourth wife, Suzy Davis Mantee.

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The Malibu Times, one of the publications Mantee wrote for, first reported the death.

Note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly referred to Suzy as his second wife.