RIP Martin Milner: Route 66 And Adam-12 Star Dies At 83

Posted: Sep 8 2015, 11:24am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 8 2015, 8:23pm CDT, in News | Latest Celebrity News

RIP Martin Milner: Route 66 and Adam-12 Star Dies at 83
Actor Martin Milner leans over the door of a patrol car as Kent McCord talks on the police radio in a promotional still for the television series, 'Adam 12.' / Getty Images
  • Star of Route 66 and Adam 12, Martin Milner passes away at 83.

The 83 year old actor was successful in the famous 1960s sitcoms Route 66 and Adam 12 among a successful array of movies and other TV series.

The 83 year old actor, Martin Milner recently passed away. He died among family and friends on Sunday near the La Costa neighborhood of Carlsbad, California. His friend and co-star from Adam-12 Kent McCord confirmed the actor’s death to CNN.

Milner was born Martin Sam Milner in Detroit and grew up in Seattle. He worked as a child actor in local plays. When the family moved to Los Angeles, he found jobs in movies, notably in his film debut as the second son in 1947’s Life with Father, which starred William Powell and Irene Dunne.

He suffered a year long bout of polio before recovering. After that he enrolled in theatre arts at the University of Southern California but dropped out after a year to devote himself to his acting career.

His big break came in the early 1950s, when he met actor-producer Jack Webb, who gave him a role on Dragnet and later cast him in Adam-12. Milner was serving in the Army when he met Webb on his frequent visits to L.A. He had recalled that Webb would write a role for him in Dragnet just so he could pick up his cheque.

Milner got his first big break with Route 66. Martin played the role of Tod Stiles, a young man born to wealth but who had suddenly become broke when his father died and left him nothing but the new Corvette. He was co-starred by George Maharis who played Buz Murdock, a hardened survivor of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.

After a few years of successful running, the show ended. He was then cast by Webb in the series Adam-12. He played Officer Pete Malloy, a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) assisted by rookie cop Jim Reed, who was played by Kent McCord.

Among Milner's many other credits were small movie roles in "Sweet Smell of Success" and "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and TV parts on "The Life of Riley," "Rawhide," "Columbo," "Swiss Family Robinson" and "MacGyver." Milner married actress and singer Judy Jones in 1951 and they had four children: Amy, who died in 2004, Molly, Stuart and Andrew.

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