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Dack Rambo
(November 13, 1941 - March 21, 1994) U.S.A.

Dack Rambo

TV actor


The sons of Lester and Beatrice Rambo, Dack (given name Norman) and identical twin brother Dirk Rambo (Orman) were born in Delano, California. Dack's noticeable difference was a mole on his left cheek. Both happened upon an acting career at age 21 after being discovered by Loretta Young for her TV show while sitting in a church pew.

Dack's early training began as a student to Vincent Chase and Lee Strasberg, and both boys found employment following the one-season stint on Loretta's TV show in 1963. While Dirk found success on episodic TV (The Virginian, Dragnet), Dack went on to a couple of other TV series, including Never Too Young and The Guns of Will Sonnett.

Dirk was tragically killed in 1967 after being struck by a drunken driver. A stunned Dack ventured on, however, and eventually found a secure place for his dark good looks in 70s and 80s glossy drama and secondary action. He played many a calculating lover in both daytime (All My children, Another World) and primetime (Dallas) soaps, while showing off his athletic skills in such outdoor adventure series as Sword of Justice.

Later in his career he worked up a few action leads in lowbudget filming. In 1991, while appearing on Another World, Dack discovered he had contracted AIDS and made a courageous decision to retire in order to focus on awareness of this deadly disease.

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. He died in Los Angeles, California, of AIDS-related complications at age 52.


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