Monday, November 22, 2010

Kevin Dobson of Knots Landing(Mack) and Kojak (Crocker)

Kevin Dobson was born in New York City in 1943 and was raised in Queens. In his early years he worked on the Long Island Railroad. He then broke into acting and was best known as "Mack" or Patrick MacKenzie, the second husband of Karen (Fairgate) MacKenzie in the nightime soap "Knots Landing" a spin-off of "Dallas".  Prior to that he was loved as "Crocker" Lt. Kojak's partner on the TV series "Kojak" starring Telly Savalas.  Perhaps he seemed to thrive in the roles of policemen because his Grandfather was an NYC policeman!

Kevin Dobson as Detective Bobby Crocker in "Kojak"

Kevin Dobson ("Crocker") and Telly Savalas (Kojak) in the TV series "Kojak"

In 1971 Kevin got his acting start as an uncredited appearance in "Klute".  That was shortly followed by appearances in TV shows including "The Mod Squad" (1971), "The Rookies" (1972), "Emergency!", "Cannon", and "Police Story" (1973).

In was in 1973 that he won the role of Detective Bobby Crocker in the series "Kojak" along side Telly Savalas.  Kevin played the part for five years until the show ended in 1978.

During his run on "Kojak", Dobson also appeared in the 1976 blockbuster "Midway" based on the World War II battle along with Charleton Heston, Hal Holbrook, and Eric Estrada among many others.  He played the part of Ensign George Gay who was shot down early in the story, then floated in the water and witnessed the entire attack on the enemy forces.

After "Kojak", Dobson starred in many TV movies such as "The Immigrants" in (1978), "Transplant" (1979), and "Orphan Train" (1979) Kevin continued into the 80s with the TV movie "Hardhat and Legs" in 1980 as Sal Pacheco which was followed by two more made for TV movies "Reunion" and "Mark, I Love You".  He was off and running with two more in 1981 along with an appearance in the series "Shannon".  

Kevin Dobson in "Shannon" in 1981

It was in 1982 that Kevin was cast into the role of "Mack" on the nighttime drama "Knots Landing" the spin-off show of "Dallas". The character "Mack" was the second husband of Karen Fairgate (Michele Lee) who then became Karen MacKenzie.  He played the part until 1993 when the show ended.  He also co-starred with Ted Shackleford, Joan Van Ark, William Devane, Julie Harris, Nicollette Sheridan, and Donna Mills.

Kevin Dobson as "Mack" in the TV show "Knots Landing"

During the run of "Knots Landing", Kevin also appeared in "Tales of the Unexpected" (1984), "Sweet Revenge" (1984), "Money Power Murder" (1989), and a return to the character "Crocker" in the 1990 "Kojak: It's Always Something".  Other titles during this time include "Fatal Friendship", "Dirty Work", and "A House of Secrets and Lies".

Kevin Dobson ("Mack") and Michele Lee (Karen MacKenzie) of "Knots Landing"

After "Knots Landing", Dobson continued on in 1993 with "The Conviction of Kitty Dodds", "Burke's Law" (1994), "Touched by an Angel" (1994), "The Commish" (1994), "If Someone Had Known" (1995), and a resurrection of "Mack" in "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac" in 1997.

Some of the cast of "Knots Landing" front row: Donna Mills (Abby Ewing Cunningham), Joan Van Ark (Valene Ewing), Michele Lee (Karen MacKenzie).  Back row: William Devane (Gregory Sumner), Ted Shackleford (Gary Ewing), Kevin Dobson ("Mack")

In 1996-97, Kevin appeared in 21 episodes of "F/X: The Series" as Detective Leo McCarthy.  In 1998 came roles in "Nobody Lives Forever", "Restraining Order" (1999), "Chicken Soup for the Soul" (2000), "Nash Bridges" (2000), and "She's No Angel" (2001).

The years 2003 and 2004 found Dobson in the role of Governor Harrison Brooks in "One Life to Live".  The was then cast in the films "Crash Landing" (2005) and "1408" (2007).

Kevin Dobson in 2005

Through 2006 to 2007 he played Judge Devin Owens on "The Bold and the Beautiful" for 13 episodes followed by another movie role in "April Moon".  Another soap role came along in 2008 being cast as "Mickey Horton" in 15 episodes of "Days of Our Lives" and also in 2008 he appeared in the series "Cold Case".

Kevin Dobson now

Kevin Dobson today

1 comment:

  1. Kojak and Crocker - a wonderful team - just buying old DVDs of the series and will enjoy watching every minute of them again.