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Richard Jaeckel
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    (October 10, 1926-June 14, 1997)
    Born in Long Beach, New York
    Portrayed Lt. Ben Edwards on Baywatch and Lt. Martin Quirk on 'Spenser: For Hire'
    Appeared in the films 'Guadalcanal Diary' (1943), 'Battleground' (1949), 'The Sands of Iwo Jima' (1949), 'Come Back Little Sheba' (1952), 'Attack!' (1956), 'When Hell Broke Loose' (1958), 'Flaming Star' (1960), 'Town Without Pity' (1961), 'The Dirty Dozen' (1967), 'Chisum' (1970), 'Sometimes a Great Notion' (1971), 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid' (1973), 'Walking Tall Part 2' (1975), 'Twilight's Last Gleaming' (1977), 'Herbie Goes Bananas' (1980), 'Airplane II: The Sequel' (1982), 'Starman' (1984) and 'The King of the Kickboxers' (1991)
    He got a job in the mailroom of 20th Century Fox through the influence of gossip columnist Louella Parsons, who was a friend of his mother.
    He was typecast as tough guys, especially cowboys and military personnel.
    He went bankrupt (1994), losing his home and most of his possessions, and had to spend his last years in the Motion Picture and Television Retirement Center.
    His friend Robert Blake called him the only person he knew 'crazier than me.'
    A casting director spotted him while working in the mailroom and gave him his first part in 'Guadalcanal Diary.'
    He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
    He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for 'Sometimes a Great Notion.'
    He was a popular Little League coach in West Los Angeles.
    He and Antoinette Marches were married for 50 years.
    When he was diagnosed with melanoma, he said, 'I know people are pulling for me to beat this thing, but let them have a glass at the bar for me and let it go at that.'

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