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The Fall Guy Actors You May Not Know Passed Away

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The action-drama series "The Fall Guy," which aired on ABC from 1981 to 1986, starred former "Six Million Dollar Man" Lee Majors as Colt Seavers, who divided his time between stunt work in films and television with work as a skip tracer/bounty hunter who pursued fugitive criminals. With the help of his eager cousin Howie (Douglas Barr) and stunt performer Jody (Heather Thomas), Seavers crisscrossed the United States and the globe in pursuit of guilty parties from all walks of life. Created by Glen A. Larson of "Battlestar Galactica" fame, "The Fall Guy" may never have been a critical hit per se, but it consistently remained in the Top 20 Nielsen ratings for the majority of its network run, and is today remembered as one of the beloved '80s action/iconic vehicles/larger-than-life characters series ("The A-Team," "Dukes of Hazard," "Knight Rider") that once ruled the airwaves.

With four series leads — Jo Ann Pflug and Markie Post played Seavers's bail bondswomen bosses — "The Fall Guy" relied heavily on guest stars to fill out the various bad guys, bystanders, and movie industry people that orbited the main characters each week. These roles were populated by longtime Hollywood actors and newcomers alike, many of whom fit organically into the life of a man who'd "been on fire with Sally Field/Gone fast with a girl named Bo."

Lou Ferrigno, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Cassandra Petersen/Elvira were among the many recognizable faces who played themselves, lending credibility to the show's Hollywood setting. In the time since Colt's final primetime adventure aired more than three decades ago (though the show has been considered for big-screen revival on several occasions), many of those guest stars are no longer with us. Below is a spoiler-centric look at the "Fall Guy" actors you may not know have passed on.

Night Court's Markie Post was Colt's boss for three seasons

In Season 1 of "The Fall Guy" Colt received his bail cases from bondswoman Samantha Jack, better known as "Big Jack" and played by TV vet Jo Ann Pflug. Actress Markie Post replaced Pflug as Seaver's boss Terri Shannon (later renamed Terri Michaels) from Seasons 2 through 4, after which she departed for her star-making role on "Night Court." Character actors Nedra Volz and Robert Donner handled the bondsperson role in the final season of "Fall Guy."

Post began her career on TV behind the scenes, serving as a member of the editorial staff on "Family Feud" and as associate producer of "Double Dare" from 1976 to 1977. Her acting career began in 1978 and quickly amassed recurring roles on "Semi-Tough" and "The Gangster Chronicles." After completing her stint on "Fall Guy," Post joined the cast of "Night Court" in its third season and remained with the show until its conclusion in Season 9. Post remained a steady presence as a series regular or recurring character on numerous network shows, including the critically acclaimed "Hearts Afire" with John Ritter, as well as "Scrubs," "The District," and "Chicago P.D." Post also played Cameron Diaz's mother in "There's Something About Mary."

While continuing to work on TV features and series, Post spent three years undergoing treatment for cancer. She died from the disease at the age of 70 on August 7, 2021.

William Bryant was the on-screen director in 14 episodes

Though perhaps the least recognizable name on this list, actor William Bryant was also one of the most prolific guest stars on "The Fall Guy." The Detroit, Michigan native played an unnamed filmmaker (he's billed as "The Director") who oversaw Colt's movie projects in 14 episodes of "The Fall Guy" between Seasons 1 and 3. The small recurring role was not atypical for Bryant, who handled numerous minor roles — several of which were uncredited — in features and on television from the late 1940s to the early 2000s.

Bryant, who performed under a variety of names, including William, Bill, and Willie Bryant, appeared in bit and supporting parts in films like "The Great Race" and "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," though he did land a major supporting role as the father of paralyzed skiing champion Jill Kinmont in "The Other Side of the Mountain." TV offered more substantive and regular employment for Bryant, who enjoyed recurring roles on the TV Westerns "Hondo" and "Lancer" and played several fire engine company captains on "Emergency!"

Bryant added voice-over work on animated series and various video games to his extensive resume prior to his death at the age of 77 on June 26, 2001.

You may know Doug McClure from five appearances on Fall Guy

Though best known for his work in TV Westerns like "The Virginian" and "Death Valley Days," actor Doug McClure was also a regular guest star on later series including "Roots," "Airwolf," and five episodes of "Fall Guy." He reprised his "Virginian" character, the trail hand Trampas, on Season 2's "Happy Trails," but also played figures on both sides of the law in his guest appearances: a crooked sheriff in Season 3's "Cool Hand Colt," and a self-impressed actor in Season 4's "October the 31st" and Season 5's "October the 32nd," both co-starring Elvira.

An affable performer whose feature film credits included the cheesy but well-remembered UK science fiction films "At the Earth's Core" and "The Land That Time Forgot," McClure worked extensively on episodic TV and co-starred in several series, including the syndicated comedy/sci-fi program, which cast him as a former TV star turned small town mayor. He was also allegedly the partial inspiration and namesake for Troy McClure, Phil Hartman's clueless performer turned pitchman, on "The Simpsons." McClure died of lung cancer at the age of 59 on February 5, 1995.

Red West was friend of Elvis and a Fall Guy guest star

A high school friend of Elvis Presley, Red West served as driver, bodyguard, songwriter, and confidante to the rock 'n' roll legend until the mid-1970s, when their friendship fractured and West was dismissed by Presley's father. By that point, West had also become an actor and stuntman; he had appeared in uncredited roles in numerous Presley movies before moving up to character turns in "Walking Tall" and numerous episodic TV series like "The Wild, Wild West" and "Baa Baa Black Sheep." West also turned up in four episodes of "Fall Guy," playing (among other roles) a conflicted record label owner in Season 3's "Pirates of Nashville" and an air show owner in trouble with mobsters in Season 4's "Tailspin."

West, who also wrote songs for Pat Boone and Johnny Rivers, stayed busy in features and on TV for decades, netting appearances in "Road House," "Natural Born Killers" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" as well as episodes of "Simon & Simon" and "Nashville." The former Golden Gloves boxer, who co-wrote the best-selling tell-all book "Elvis: What Happened?" in 1977, died of an aortic aneurysm at the age of 81 on July 18, 2017. His cousin, Sonny West, who was also part of the "Memphis Mafia" that orbited around Elvis, as well as an actor and stuntman, died in May of that same year.

Before he was a horror hero, Sid Haig was a frequent TV guest star

Character actor and cult favorite Sid Haig was a go-to actor in the 1970s and 1980s if you needed someone to menace your series regulars. Haig's TV resume during those decades includes episodes of "Police Story," "Charlie's Angels," "Fantasy Island," and four episodes of "The Fall Guy" between 1981 and 1985. His roles on the series didn't require Haig to do much: he was a biker in Season 1's "Colt's Angels," and then returned to play henchmen to Martine Beswicke (Season 2's "Bail and Bond"), David Hedison (Season 3's "Undersea Odyssey") and Theodore Bikel (Season 4's "Reel Trouble"). Routine parts like these contributed to Haig retiring from acting in the early 1990s.

Thankfully, Quentin Tarantino was able to lure Haig back on screen with a role in "Jackie Brown," which led to a career-reviving run with Rob Zombie as the deranged Captain Spaulding in "House of 1,000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects." Haig parlayed his newfound fame as a horror icon into independent features like "Bone Tomahawk," "Hatchet III," and Zombie's "Lords of Salem" until his death at the age of 80 on September 21, 2019.

Big, bad, and bald, Robert Tessier menaced the Fall Guy four times

Like Sid Haig, actor Robert Tessier was a casting director's favorite when it came to playing tough, imposing characters. Tessier's burly physique, bald head, and semi-permanent scowl earned him roles in numerous movies and television shows, including four turns on "Fall Guy." And like Haig, these characters didn't require much of Tessier beyond showing up and looking tough: he played a prison inmate is Season 1's "That's Right, We're Bad," a ranch hand involved in diamond smuggling in Season 3's "King of the Cowboys," and a jailed thug in Season 4's "Sheriff Seavers."

Tessier, a native of Lowell, Massachusetts and decorated Korean War veteran, began his entertainment career as a stunt motorcycle rider, which led to roles in biker pictures like "The Born Losers," which marked the debut of Tom Laughlin's cult hero, Billy Jack. Tessier's Native American heritage also led to roles in several Westerns, most notably the miniseries "Centennial," but he found more work as men who spoke little and punched hard in films like "The Longest Yard" and "The Deep." His most memorable movie role during this period was the smiling, scary bare knuckles fighter who battled Charles Bronson in Walter Hill's "Hard Times."

Tessier, who also handled stunts and second unit direction on several films, spent much of the 1980s on episodic TV series like "The A-Team" and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century." He also starred in a series of TV spots for Midas Mufflers, often in the company of other screen tough guys like Lee Van Cleef and fellow "Fall Guy" guest player Richard Lynch. Tessier continued working in low-budget features until his death from cancer at the age of 56 on October 11, 1990.

Dana Hill played a kid and an adult in two separate Fall Guys

A familiar face (and voice) to movie and TV audiences in the '80s and '90s, actress Dana Hill's resume included three appearances on "Fall Guy" between 1982 and 1986. In Season 1's "Child's Play," she starred as a young girl whose photographic memory was a key element in a criminal case, and then returned the following season to play a 21-year-old stuntwoman in "P.S. I Love You." Her final appearance on "Fall Guy" came in Season 5's "Tag Team," when she joined a handful of fellow celebrities, including Dionne Warwick and Robert Walker, Jr., at a poker table.

Hill was able to move between juvenile and adult roles due to her small stature, the result of Type 1 diabetes. The illness prompted her to leave sports at a young age and pursue acting; roles in television commercials led to critically-praised turns in features like "Shoot the Moon" and "Cross Creek" and in a 1982 TV-movie adaptation of "Member of the Wedding." She landed a box office hit with "National Lampoon's European Vacation" in 1985, but by the end of the decade, health problems had forced her to abandon screen acting in favor of voice-over work.

Hill lent her distinctive voice to numerous series, including "Rugrats," "Darkwing Duck," and "Duckman," as well as "Goof Troop," for which she voiced Max Goof. She also provided Jerry Mouse with his first speaking voice in the 1992 feature "Tom and Jerry: The Movie," which marked her final feature film projects. More voice-over work for TV followed until May of 1996, when Hill slipped into a diabetic coma. A massive stroke in June preceded her death at the age of 32 on July 15, 1996.

Prolific character actor Norman Alden touched down twice on Fall Guy

One of the most prolific character actors in American features and television for more than five decades, Norman Alden turned up in two episodes of "Fall Guy" between 1982 and 1983. In typical fashion, Alden's role aren't flashy — he's billed sixth in Season 1's "Goin' For It!" and plays a football coach in Season 2's "Win One for the Gipper???" But Alden was cast on his ability to make any role or premise seem believable, which he did from the mid-1950s until the mid-2000s.

Familiar for both his face — he starred as a mechanic in countless commercials for AC Delco — and voice, which he lent to Aquaman and Green Arrow on "Super Friends" and Kranix in "Transformers: The Movie," Alden appeared in countless movies, including the original "Nutty Professor," "Semi-Tough, and "Patch Adams." More often than not, Alden was called upon to polish a small but notable role, like Lou the counterman in "Back to the Future," or a foreman in "They Live," or a colorblind camera operator loosely inspired by real-life cinematographer William C. Thompson in "Ed Wood."

Between these projects were numerous guest appearances on TV series, including "The Untouchables," "Batman," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (on which his character drowned in a bowl of chicken soup), and "Electra-Woman and Dynagirl." Alden retired from acting after appearing in the 2006 TV-movie "Our House," dying at the age of 87 on July 27, 2012.

Raymond St. Jacques: actor, director, two-time Fall Guy guest

Actor Raymond St. Jacques' imposing presence and regal voice was showcased in numerous features and television series from the 1960s through the early 1990s, including two episodes of "The Fall Guy." Neither part is particularly significant — he's a crooked college administrator in Season 4's "Spring Break" (directed by "Love Boat" actor Ted Lange and featuring a young Forest Whitaker) and a detective who teams with Colt and friends for an elaborate con designed to bring down a crooked politician in Season 3's "Bite of the Wasp" — but St. Jacques brought gravitas to the lighthearted stories.

A student at both the Actors Studio and Herbert Berghof Institute in the 1950s, St. Jacques began making screen appearances in films like "The Comedians" in the mid-1960s while also maintaining a respected stage career on and Off-Broadway. Television soon came calling, including a series regular role when he joined the cast of the long-running "Wagon Train" in 1965. St. Jacques later rose to leading man opposite comic/actor Godfrey Cambridge in "Cotton Come to Harlem" and "Come Back Charleston Blue," a pair of crime pictures based on acclaimed novelist Chester Himes' detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones, and produced, directed, and starred in the critically praised 1973 film "Book of Numbers," featuring "Miami Vice" star Philip Michael Thomas.

St. Jacques remained active in features like "They Live" (with Norman Alden) and "Glory" and on television series like "Falcon Crest" until the late 1980s. He died of lymphoma at the age of 60 on August 27, 1990.

Smooth bad guy Richard Lynch battled the Fall Guy twice

Veteran film and TV heel Richard Lynch brought his sinister, streetwise vibe to two episodes of "Fall Guy" in 1983 and 1984. In Season 3's "Pleasure Isle," he's an embezzler who kidnaps his former girlfriend (Carol Lynley) to extract information about an account that holds his riches; in Season 4's "Stranger Than Fiction," his Miami crime boss sends thugs after writer Susan Lucci, who has recorded a revealing interview with one of his associates.

Lynch, whose sharp features were the results of a self-immolation incident in the late 1960s, was best known for playing bad guys with a blend of charisma and menace in films like "Invasion USA" and "The Sword and the Sorceror" in the 1980s. A graduate of the Actors Studio, he began his career on the New York stage opposite the likes of Al Pacino, Jason Robards, and Anne Bancroft. He transitioned successfully to features and TV in the early '70s, quickly amassing a sizable number of credits including "Scarecrow" (with Pacino), "The Seven-Ups," and Larry Cohen's "God Told Me To."

Lynch was also a staple of television series and made-for-TV features, including the title role in 1979's "Vampire" and recurring runs on "Battlestar Galactica" and "Starsky and Hutch," among many other small-screen efforts. Though he drifted into low-budget features in the '90s and 2000s, Lynch continued to appear in high-profile projects as well, including guest shots on "Six Feet Under," "Charmed" and in Rob Zombie's remake of "Halloween." Lynch was slated to appear in Zombie's "Lords of Salem" but was forced to drop out due to health concerns; the 72-year-old Lynch died of an apparent heart attack in his home in Yucca Valley, CA on June 19, 2012.

Anthony Kiedis's dad Blackie Dammett was a Fall Guy heel

In the Season 3 episode "Baker's Dozen," Terry sends Colt after a bail jumper hiding out at what appears to be a dude ranch, but turns out to be the headquarters of a paramilitary operation run by the nefarious Baker (Bo Svenson). However, his team of former soldiers seems unprepared to pull off a paper route, much less a major heist; the soldiers seen in the episode are played by TV vet Dennis Burkely ("The Rockford Files," "Sanford") and an angular-faced actor with the unusual moniker of Blackie Dammett.

Dammett's name will be familiar to anyone who has read "Scar Tissue," the 2004 autobiography of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis. Dammett is the father of Kiedis (his real name was John Kiedis), and according to the book, divided his time between acting and reportedly selling drugs. The former line of work included guest shots on "Starsky & Hutch," "Night Court," and "It's Garry Shandling's Show," as well as features like "Lethal Weapon" and John Frankenheimer's "52 Pick-Up."

After Kiedis rose to fame with the Chili Peppers, Dammett oversaw the band's fan club and penned a 2013 autobiography, "Lords of the Sunset Strip." His relationship with his son was, at one point, slated to become a television series titled "Spider and Son," with John Sayles writing the pilot episode, but the project appeared to run aground by 2013. Dammett, who ran the Chili Peppers' fan club for a period of time, suffered from dementia and died at the age of 81 on May 12, 2021.

Before splitting with Lee Majors, Farrah Fawcett guested on Fall Guy

Though actress Farrah Fawcett was mentioned in every episode of "The Fall Guy" — Lee Majors croons her name in the opening lines of the show's theme song, "The Unknown Stuntman" — she made one on-screen appearance in the series. Colt is hired as Fawcett's stunt double in the series pilot, and after emerging from a wrecked car — wearing a dress and Farrah-esque wig — the two exchange a few words and smoldering looks.

At the time of the episode's airing, Majors and Fawcett were separated following six years of marriage (they would finalize the divorce in 1982), and the actress was in the process of rebuilding her career after a dramatic plummet from worldwide stardom. Fawcett had rocketed to fame as an original cast member of "Charlie's Angels," but departed the series after a single season. Subsequent projects, like the films "Saturn 3" and "Sunburn," were dismal failures, but Fawcett defanged many of her critics with her intense performance in the Off-Broadway play "Extremities."

She compounded that success with the 1984 TV-movie "The Burning Bed," which earned her the first of four Emmy nominations. Fawcett later captured a Golden Globe Award for the film version of "Extremities," and netted additional Golden Globe nods for "Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story" and "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story." Fawcett further rebuilt her film career with appearances in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women" and acclaimed work opposite Robert Duvall in "The Apostle."

Diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Fawcett's health was the subject of intense media speculation until her death from the disease at the age of 62 on June 25, 2009. A documentary about Fawcett, "Farrah's Story," aired that same year to sizable ratings.

Hawaiian crooner and pop culture Icon Don Ho played himself

Colt, Howie, and Jody headed to Hawaii in Season 1's "Japanese Connection," where they ran afoul of gangsters while attempting to pick up a couple of sibling con men. Between action set pieces, the cast enjoyed some island flavor, including an appearance by singer Don Ho, who croons a tune and exchanges a few lines with the series leads. Ho was, as always, his smooth and relaxed self in the brief appearance.

Ho had served as a sort of goodwill ambassador for the state of Hawaii since the mid-1960s, when his signature single "Tiny Bubbles" broke into the Top 20 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. The success of that song led to performances and appearances on countless variety shows and appearances — usually as himself — on series like "Batman" and "Sanford and Son." If a series decided to set an episode in Hawaii, like the Season 4 "Brady Bunch" episode "Hawaii Bound" (aka the one with the tiki idol), it seemed inevitable that Ho would also make a guest appearance. Coincidentally, director Jack Arnold, who helmed such classic '50s science fiction films as "Creature from the Black Lagoon," also oversaw both the "Brady Bunch" and "Fall Guy" episodes featuring Ho.

Ho's declining health in the mid-1990s led to a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy, which required the installation of a pacemaker. However, he continued to perform for audiences until his death from cardiac arrest on April 14, 2007.