Actor Dale Robertson, best remembered for his portrayal of Jim Hardie in the TV series Tales of Wells Fargo, has died, February 28, 2013 from lung cancer and pneumonia aged 89 April 1960: American actor Dale Robertson who starred in the popular TV western 'Tales of Wells Fargo' which ran from 1957 until 1962. (Photo by L. J. Willinger/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Updated: April 2, 2013 6:43AM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre’s heyday, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Mr. Robertson’s niece, Nancy Robertson, said her uncle died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness.
Dale Robertson had bit parts in films including “The Boy with the Green Hair” and the Joan Crawford vehicle “Flamingo Road” before landing more high-profile roles such as Jesse James in “Fighting Man of the Plains.”
In the 1950s, he moved into television, starring in series such as “Tales of Wells Fargo” (1957-62), “Iron Horse” (1966) and “Death Valley Days” (1968-70).
Mr. Robertson continued to work in TV in the 1970s, and in the 1980s he landed roles in the popular night-time soap operas “Dallas” and “Dynasty.”
In 1993, he took what would be his final role, as Zeke in the show “Harts of the West,” before retiring from acting to spend more time at his ranch in Yukon, Okla., where he lived until moving to the San Diego area in recent months, Nancy Robertson said.
Dale Robertson would want to be remembered as a father, a grandfather and an Oklahoman, she said. AP