Douglas Fowley, character actor who appeared in more than 200 films and television shows but is probably best remembered as Doc Holliday in the long-running 1950s series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," has died. He was 86.
Fowley died May 21 at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills.
Most frequently a villain or gangster in films from the 1930s through the 1970s, Fowley was also memorable as the 1920s-era motion picture director in the Gene Kelley musical "Singin' in the Rain," released in 1952.
"My father was there in the beginning of the golden era of Hollywood," said his son, Kim Fowley of New Orleans, who has produced music for such films as "American Graffiti" and "The Butcher Boy."
During his long and varied career, the handsome Fowley appeared in many westerns and could change his appearance and persona like a chameleon. He was the dapper, alcoholic and tuberculin Doc in the Wyatt Earp series, which starred Hugh O'Brian, from 1955 through 1961. Gray-bearded and squinting behind wire-rimmed glasses, he was also the sharp-shooting patriarch Grandpa Hanks in the shorter series "Pistols 'n' Petticoats," starring Ann Sheridan, in 1966-67.