Kevin Dobson

Kevin Dobson

77 (passed away Sep. 6th, 2020)
Mar. 18th, 1943
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 11

Kevin Dobson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Kojak (1973) TV Show
Kojak (1973)
Knots Landing TV Show
Knots Landing
F/X: The Series (CA) TV Show
F/X: The Series (CA)
Shannon TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Kevin Patrick Dobson is best known for his roles as Detective Bobby Crocker, the trusted protege of Lt. Theo Kojak in the CBS crime drama Kojak, and as M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie in the prime time soap opera Knots Landing.

Dobson worked as a trainman, brakeman and conductor on the Long Island Railroad in New York followed by a few years as a waiter before he decided to start his acting career. Dobson’s first acting jobs included a series of uncredited appearances on daytime drama The Doctors in 1969 and in the 1971 Jane Fonda film Klute. After a round of guest spots on dramas The Mod Squad, Emergency! and Cannon, he got his big break, signing a deal with Universal in 1972 which led to his five-season stint on Kojak.
Dobson joined Knots Landing in the fourth season, playing a federal prosecutor who quickly marries Michelle Lee’s Karen and becomes a central figure in the series. He won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his work on the series and later reunited with his Knots Landing co-stars for a miniseries, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac in 1997, and again in the 2005 nonfiction special Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again.

He later made appearances on daytime soaps such as The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives as well as various series like Cold Case, House of Lies, C.S.I and Anger Management.

In addition to serving in the U.S. Army, Dobson was active in many veterans’ causes such as the Veterans Committee of the Los Angeles Screen Actors Guild and the VA’s National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. For his efforts, he received the AMVETS Silver Helmet Award for Americanism, the highest recognition given by a veteran organization.

Actor Kevin Dobson died September 6, 2020 of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

  • Hosted inaugural ball for both 'George Bush (I)' (qv) Sr. and 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv).
  • Has three children: Sean, Patrick and Mariah.
  • One of 7 siblings.
  • Understudied 'Jon Voight' (qv) in a stage production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1973.
  • The first winner of the ABC Superstars athletic competition, he and wife Susan raise funds through the Kevin Dobson Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute, of which Susan has been a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Worked as a conductor for the Long Island Railroad.
  • He has a daughter and two sons
  • Received a phone call from the producers of _"Knots Landing" (1979)_ (qv) about playing the role of a district attorney. At first, he was very unhappy about it, but then he liked it, and stood with his character for more than a decade.

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