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'Dallas' Actor Killed in Hollywood Hills Fire

Dennis Patrick, featured in dozens of TV shows, is found dead after flames sweep through his home.

October 14, 2002|Richard Marosi | Times Staff Writer

A veteran actor who guest-starred in scores of television shows dating to the mid-1950s died Sunday in a blaze that destroyed his Hollywood Hills home.

Dennis Patrick, 84, died next to his pet poodle, Josh, as flames enveloped his four-story home overlooking the San Fernando Valley, fire officials said.

Patrick, who lived in the home for more than 30 years, had been suffering from a kidney-related illness and rarely left the house in recent years, neighbors said.

The actor was perhaps best known for his role in the prime-time soap opera "Dallas," in which he played Vaughn Leland for five years.

He also guest-starred in dozens of TV shows, including "All in the Family," "The Bionic Woman," "Dark Shadows," "Eight Is Enough," "The Streets of San Francisco" and "The Untouchables."

Patrick also was featured in the 1970 film "Joe."

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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