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Steve Forrest dead: 'S.W.A.T.' actor was 87

Steve Forrest on an ABC set for the

Steve Forrest on an ABC set for the taping of ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles. (Jan. 4, 1978) (Credit: AP)

Steve Forrest, star of the '70s camp cop show "S.W.A.T." and one of TV's classic character actors of yore who appeared in a dozen or so westerns and even headlined a chestnut or two ("The Baron"), has died. He was 87, and died "peacefully" surrounded by family on May 18, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Forrest was one of those actors with a square jaw, great action chops and an ability to make you look at the small screen. He had classic looks too -- younger brother of Dana Andrews -- and used them to real effect in so many TV shows over so many years that it would be impossible to name them all here but included "The Virginian, "Death Valley Days," "Gunsmoke" and "The Longest Day."  And the movies of course: "Rawhide," "Cimmaron Strip" and "The Name of the Game."

It was "S.W.A.T.," one of those '70s shoot-'em-ups so in favor then (and frankly, now too) for which he may best be remembered.  Too bad, actually, because this wasn't great TV but it was memorable TV.

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It's easy to say about Forrest that they don't make 'em like this anymore, but they really don't make 'em like this anymore... He was a World War II vet who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and came back to Hollywood to begin work in a nascent television business where he worked continuously -- and well. Another big loss to classic TV.

Check out the clip below -- "Car chases" -- revealing a cool customer of an action actor who indeed looked like his more famous bro. Surely some of you remember Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson?

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