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Herman Wedemeyer
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    (May 20, 1924-January 25, 1999)
    Born in Hilo, Hawaii
    Best known for his portrayal as Sergeant/Detective 'Duke' Lukela on the TV series 'Hawaii Five-0' (1972-80)
    Played halfback/tailback for the Los Angeles Dons (1948) and the Baltimore Colts (1949) of the All-America Football Conference
    Elected to two terms for the Hawaii House of Representatives as a Democrat (1970 & 1972)
    Died of a heart attack in Honolulu at age 74
    Some of his sports nicknames were nicknames 'Squirmin' Herman,' 'The Flyin' Hawaiian,' 'The Hawaiian Centipede,' and 'The Hula-Hipped Hawaiian.'
    Though he had a stellar football career for St. Mary's College, he never made it to the NFL, playing two years for the AAFC before retiring.
    He played the ukulele.
    When he served for the Honolulu City Council he was a Republican, but switched parties for his tenure as a Representative of the House.
    The first three seasons of 'Hawaii Five-0' (1968-71) he played bit characters, not morphing into 'Duke' until 1972.
    His only other non-'Hawaii Five-0' acting duties were an uncredited role in the 1970 movie 'The Hawaiians' and a coroner's part in a 1981 episode of 'Magnum P.I..'
    He shilled for Toyota, Hawaiian Airlines, Dairyman’s Association and the Ilikai Hotel.
    He is of Hawaiian, German, Irish, English, Chinese, and French Tahitian ancestry.
    He served as a Merchant Marine for two years (1944-45).
    He finished 4th in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy in 1945, and 5th in 1946.
    He was a first round draft choice in the 1947 NFL draft.
    He excelled in many sports, including baseball, swimming, diving, surfing, golf, skiing and boxing.
    He appeared in 152 episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0,' and helped ease tensions on the set due to star Jack Lord's perfectionism by cracking jokes, keeping James 'Danno' MacArthur in stitches.
    He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979, and elected to the inaugural Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
    His brother Charlie, who died in 2010 at age 64, contracted ALS in 1978 while employed as a high school football coach, and his courage facing the disease was the inspiration for the 1988 made-for-TV movie 'Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story.'

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