Happy 79th Birthday Dack Rambo

Today is the 79th birthday of the actor Dack Rambo. He was in practically every TV show worth being in through the 70s and 80s. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.

NAME: Dack Rambo
ORIGINALLY: Norman Rambo
DATE OF BIRTH: 13-Nov-1941
PLACE OF BIRTH: Earlimart, CA
DATE OF DEATH: 21-Mar-1994
PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, CA
CAUSE OF DEATH: AIDS
REMAINS: Buried, North Kern Cemetery, Delano, CA

BEST KOWN FOR: American actor, most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan’s grandson Jeff in the series The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Steve Jacobi in the soap opera All My Children, as cousin Jack Ewing on Dallas, and as Grant Harrison on the soap opera Another World.

Norman Jay Rambo was born in Earlimart, California to William Lester and Beatrice A. Rambo. Dack was a middle child in a family of four. Siblings: William Donald Rambo; identical twin Orman Ray “Dirk” Rambo; and sister Beverly Jean Rambo (b. 1944).

After moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, the 20-year-old twins were discovered by actress Loretta Young in 1962 and cast in her CBS series The New Loretta Young Show. On February 5, 1967, Dirk Rambo was killed in a road accident at the age of 25.

Later that same year, Dack Rambo landed the role of Jeff Sonnett on The Guns of Will Sonnett and co-starred in the short-lived Gunsmoke spin-off Dirty Sally, with Jeanette Nolan. During the 1970s and 1980s, he made guest appearances on Marcus Welby, M.D., House Calls, Wonder Woman, Charlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, and Murder, She Wrote. He played Steve Jacobi on All My Children in the early 1980s. He also acted the lead role in Sword of Justice, which lasted for 10 installments in 1978-79. Rambo may be best remembered on television for playing Jack Ewing in 51 episodes of the soap opera Dallas from 1985 to 1987. Rambo also played Wesley Harper on the 1984 short-lived TV series soap opera Paper Dolls.

While working on Another World, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV in August 1991. He quit the series shortly thereafter and retired from acting. Rambo then made his HIV infection and his bisexuality public, revealing that he had been in relationships with both men and women since his 20s.

Dack Rambo died on March 21, 1994 at the age of 52 of complications from AIDS.

YearTitleRoleNotes
1962–1963The Loretta Young ShowPeter Massey26 episodes
1965Never Too YoungTim16 episodes
1967Iron HorseLieutenant ShelbyEpisode: “Sister Death”
Credited as Norman Rambo
1967–1969The Guns of Will SonnettJeff Sonnett50 episodes
1970Which Way to the Front?Terry Love
1970–1971GunsmokeCyrus Pike3 episodes
1971The Man and the CityHolland Jr.Episode: “Disaster on Turner Street”
1971CannonBryan GibsonEpisode: “Stone, Cold Dead”
1973Owen Marshall, Counselor at LawDonEpisode: “Sweet Harvest”
1974Dirty SallyCyrus Pike13 episodes
1974Nightmare HoneymoonDavid Webb
1974Hit LadyDoug ReynoldsTV movie
1975Marcus Welby, M.D.Episodes: “Dark Fury” (Parts 1 & 2)
1975The RookiesTommy LockeEpisode: “Angel”
1977Good Against EvilAndy StuartTV movie
1977Wonder WomanAndrosEpisodes: ” Mind Stealers from Outer Space” (Parts 1 & 2)
1977TabithaTedEpisode: “Tabitha’s Triangle”
1978A Double LifeJack ColeTV movie
1978–1979Sword of JusticeJack Cole10 episodes
1978–1986Fantasy IslandCaptain Timothy Black / Carl Wagner / Mike O’Brien / Captain Rawlins / Prince Peter d’Anatoli6 episodes
1979–1986The Love BoatBoyd Hughes / Alan Marciano / Peter Welch3 episodes
1980WaikikiRonnieTelevision movie
1980Charlie’s AngelsSteveEpisode: “Angel in Hiding”
1981House CallsEpisode: “All About Adam”
1981Rich and FamousKentUncredited
1982–1983All My ChildrenSteve Jacobi7 episodes
1983–1987HotelVarious3 episodes
1984The MississippiEpisode: “Wheels of Justice”
1984No Man’s LandConnellTV movie
1984Paper DollsWesley Harper13 episodes
1984–1990Murder, She WroteVarious3 episodes
1985–1987DallasJack Ewing51 episodes
1987Shades of Love: Lilac DreamMattDirect-to-video release
1988Lonely KnightsBrad MooreTV movie
1988HunterDeputy D.A. Jason LefflerEpisode: “Presumed Guilty”
1989The SpringAndy
1989Highway to HeavenLarry NicholsEpisode: “The Source”
1990Murder, She WroteArnoldAlternative title: “Fixer Upper”
1990Ultra WarriorKennerAlternative title: Welcome to Oblivion
1990River of DiamondsJohn Tregard
1990–1991Another WorldGrant Harrison14 episodes, (final appearance)

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