Western TV and movie actor Dale Robertson has passed away at the age of 89-years-old. He had become most known for his role on the TV series “Tales Of Wells Fargo”, which aired from 1957 to 1961. He became quite prolific in his acting career, having performed in over 60 movie and television titles.
Robertson began his acting career by chance when he was in the United States Army. Stationed at San Luis Obispo, California, Robertson decided to have a photograph taken for his mother; so he and several other soldiers went to Hollywood to find a photographer. A large copy of his photo was later displayed in the photographer’s shop window. He found himself receiving letters from film agents who wished to represent him. After the war, Robertson stayed in California. Hollywood actor Will Rogers, Jr., gave him this advice: “Don’t ever take a dramatic lesson. They will try to put your voice in a dinner jacket, and people like their hominy and grits in everyday clothes.” Robertson thereafter avoided formal acting lessons.
He passed away at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California on February 27, 2013 as a result of lung cancer and pneumonia. He had two children. May he rest in peace.