Feb 28, 201302:11 PMThe Telegraph
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R.I.P.: Dale Robertson (1923-2013)
Dale Robertson rode tall as a straight-talking hero during the golden age of TV westerns, playing a stagecoach company troubleshooter in Tales of Wells Fargo (1957-62) and the owner of a Wild West railroad line in The Iron Horse (1966-68).
The Oklahoma-born actor – who passed away Wednesday in San Diego at age 89 -- also appeared in several big-screen shoot-‘em-ups before making the transition to television. He earned his spurs while making Fighting Man of the Plains, a 1949 drama in which he co-starred (opposed Randolph Scott) as Jesse James. Among his other movies: Return of the Texan (1952), The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952), Sitting Bull (1954) and Hell Canyon Outlaws (1957).
And while he didn’t actually appear on screen in The Man from Button Willow (1965), Robertson lent his distinctive drawl to the rugged hero of the action-packed animated feature.
In later years, Robertson served as host of the anthology series Death Valley Days from 1968 to 1972, played continuing roles on the prime-time soap operas Dallas and Dynasty – and starred as a crafty Texas billionaire who moonlighted as an amateur detective in J.J. Starbuck (1987-88).
But wait, there’s more: As you can see in these vintage clips, the prime-time cowboy occasionally crooned a tune or two.