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Martin E. Brooks (1925 - 2015)

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Martin E. Brooks (1925 - 2015)

Martin E. Brooks, the American character actor who played Dr. Rudy Wells on the 1970s hit series "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman," died Monday of natural causes, The Associated Press and Variety report. He was 90.

Born in the Bronx in 1925, Brooks attended Penn State University after serving in the South Pacific as a paratrooper during World War II with the 11th Airborne Division.
 
Spanning decades, Brooks' career took him into all corners of the entertainment world. In addition to his well-known roles as part of the "Six Million Dollar" franchise, Brooks earned numerous other credits on some of the most popular shows in television history, including recurring roles on "Knots Landing," "Hunter," "General Hospital," "McMillan & Wife," "Cagney & Lacey" and as the main suspect in the iconic "Who Killed J.R." storyline on "Dallas."


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Brooks also enjoyed an award-winning Broadway career. His performance in John Steinbeck's "Burning Bright" earned him both the Theatre World Award and the Donaldson Award, and he received a Tony nomination for his work in John Van Druten's "I Am a Camera." He also wrote two novels and a play, "Flo and Joe," which was optioned for Broadway production. In 2014, Brooks released an album of previously unheard music he wrote and recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.
 
According to Variety, Brooks is survived by his longtime partner, Edie Landau, and several nephews and grand-nephews.

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