elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Dack Rambo (November 13, 1941 – March 21, 1994)

Norman Jay Rambeau (November 13, 1941 – March 21, 1994), professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan's grandson Jeff in the ABC series The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Steve Jacobi in All My Children, as cousin Jack Ewing on CBS's Dallas, and as Grant Harrison on the NBC soap opera Another World.

Born in Earlimart, California, Rambo had a twin brother, Orman Ray Rambeau, who would ultimately go professionally as Dirk Rambo. After moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, the brothers were discovered by actress Loretta Young and cast in her CBS series, The New Loretta Young Show. In February 1967, Dirk died in a road accident, being hit by a drunk driver. Later that same year, Rambo landed the role of Jeff Sonnett on The Guns of Will Sonnett, and co-starred in the short-lived Gunsmoke spin-off, Dirty Sally, with Jeanette Nolan.

During the 1970s and 1980s, he made guest appearances on Marcus Welby, M.D., House Calls, Wonder Woman, Charlie's Angels, All My Children, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel and Murder, She Wrote.

While working on the soap opera Another World in 1991, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV. He quit the series shortly thereafter, and retired from acting. Rambo then publicly announced that he was HIV positive, He was extremely candid as to his bisexuality and detrimental lifestyle, advocating safe sex and helping to establish an international data bank for AIDS research.

Rambo died in 1994 at the age of 52 of complications from AIDS. He is now buried near his brother, Orman "Dirk" Rambo. "Somebody once asked me, 'Are you sorry about anything?' And I said, 'No. What is, is.' Actually, I'm grateful for all those experiences. I wouldn't trade them. I had a varied background, and you pay the price for that, I guess."

Dack and Dirk Rambo

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dack_Rambo & www.welovesoaps.net/2011/12/dackrambo.html

Further Readings:

Dallas: The Complete Story of the World's Favorite Prime-Time Soap by Barbara A Curran, Victoria Principal and David Jacobs
Paperback: 460 pages
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (August 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1581824726
ISBN-13: 978-1581824728
Amazon: Dallas: The Complete Story of the World's Favorite Prime-Time Soap

It's all here: the story of the phenomenally successful primetime TV soap Dallas. The only book to take readers behind the scenes, it covers the pilot; all thirteen seasons of the series; the prequel, reunion, and twentieth anniversary TV movies; and the 2004 cast reunion, The Return to Southfork. Filled with fascinating stories, it showcases:

• An episode guide complete with producer and cast information
• Interviews with more than forty-five Dallas stars, including Larry Hagman, Victoria Principal, Linday Gray, and Patrick Duffy
• Photographs from Steve Kanaly's personal collection and the Southfork Ranch Event and conference Center
• Dallas trivia that will satisfy new and old fans alike
• And much more

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