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Robert Dorff


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Robert Dorff Obituary
June 20, 1934 - January 20, 2017 Robert "Bob" Dorff, actor, Korean War vet, writer, race horse owner, Kennedy assassination researcher, husband, and father of three, has passed away after a brief battle to recover from a stroke. Born to George Shlosberg (hardware business) and Lucille Dorff (story editor Republic Pictures and David O'Selznick), Bob was part of LA's Circle Theater (later Player's Ring Theater) where he met first wife Beverly Long who was auditioning for "Susan," a play directed by Mabel Albertson. Bob served in the 7th Infantry Div. in Korea, returning home to marry Beverly and work as a story analyst for Marlon Brando at Pennebaker on the Paramount lot. After the birth of Matt ('58), Bob began a long sales career in metalworking machines, had a second son Ryan ('61) and moved his family to the top of Laurel Canyon, where his daughter Holly was born ('67). Bob had a passion for horses, owned several thoroughbreds and won races at Agua Caliente, Santa Anita, Louisiana Downs and Churchill Downs. This interest was shared by his second wife, Roxanne Martin from Kentucky. In the early 2000s his horse won the first race opening day at Yavapai Downs in Prescott, AZ, landing Bob in the Winner's Circle one more time. A JFK assassination critic, Bob wrote speeches for legendary researcher Mary Ferrell and published his ultimate statement on the subject, "22 Days Hath November." He also wrote "Castro and Guevara" for HBO. He continued writing throughout his life and enjoyed homes in Palm Springs, Las Cruces, NM, and Prescott, AZ. He is survived by Matt, Holly and grandkids Martina, Samson and Hannah.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2017
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