Actor Steve Forrest dead at 87: Credits include 'S.W.A.T.' and 'Murder She Wrote'


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Ruggedly handsome TV leading man Steve Forrest has passed away it was announced today. The actor was 87 when he died in Thousand Oaks, California.

View attachment 2361 Though his credits include many films, Forrest is best known for the role of Lt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson in the police drama, S.W.A.T. The series aired for two seasons in the mid-seventies and featured quite a young cast of TV notables for the era, including the late Robert Urich. The two-hour pilot movie for the show aired as an episode of The Rookies. He also had a cameo, his last role on screen in fact, in the 2003 feature film that was based on the program. The show was arguably America's first real introduction to Special Weapons and Tactics units that are so prevalent in the news today.

In his six decades of work, the thespian appeared on such shows as Murder, She Wrote, The Client, Columbo, Fantasy Island, Love American Style, Medical Center, Ironside, Circle of Fear, The Name of the Game, Bonanza, Cimarron Strip, Burke's Law, and Death Valley Days.

Another show Forrest guested on multiple times was Gunsmoke. His first character, Will Mannon, from the 1969 episode "Mannon" was brought back as the impetus for the 1987 TV film, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge with James Arness.

He was also a series regular on Dallas in 1986.

One of his best known movie roles was in Mommie Dearest where he co-starred as Greg Savitt opposite Faye Dunaway's Joan Crawford. Other theatrical films in which he appeared include The Longest Day, North Dallas Forty, Flaming Star with Elvis Presley, and It Happened to Jane with Doris Day.

The Texas Native was the younger brother of actor Dana Andrews, who died in 1992.

Forrest's family was him when he passed. Cause of death is not known at this time. He leaves behind his wife, Christine, to whom he was wed for 65 years, three sons, and four grandchildren. A service is scheduled for May 23rd in Westlake Village.