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Actor Robert Dowdell Dead At 85

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Actor Robert Dowdell died on Jan. 23 at the age of 85.

According to family spokeswoman Diane Kachmar, Dowdell died of natural causes in Michigan, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

"It is with deep regret that the family of Robert Dowdell has to announce his passing on Tuesday, January 23, 2018," Ted Carroll, Dowdell's cousin, wrote in his obituary as seen on a funeral home page and also on the Facebook fan page.

"Thank you all for remembering him so well and for so long," Carroll added. "It meant a lot to Robert, at age 85, that he wasn't forgotten in his later years."

Dowdell rose to fame for his supporting role as Chip Morton in the TV series "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" which he played from 1964 to 1968.

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Dowdell was also well-known for his performance on another 1960s ABC series as Cody Bristol on "Stoney Burke."

Other TV appearances include "City Beneath the Sea," CBS telefilm "Outrage," "Buck Rogers," "Max Headroom," "CHiPs," and more.

The actor also performed on stage, starring in various theater productions such as "Love Me Little," "Viva Madison Avenue!," "Five Finger Exercise,"  and "The Midnight Sun."

Before becoming an actor, Illinois-born Dowdell worked a variety of jobs. He was reportedly employed as a hunting guide in Mexico, later joined the Army Corps of Engineers, and even worked as a mail carrier for ABC, where he would eventually become one of the network's stars.

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Fans paid tribute to the late actor on social media.

"Mr.Dowdell was part of my childhood, and he made me very happy with his character, commander chip Morton, God bless him," wrote one person on the actor's Facebook fan page.

"I was a child when this series was taking place from 1964 to 1968. It was a ABC television Series. Richard Basehart, David Hedison , Robert Dowdell. I remember it was on in the Evening. Chip Morton. RIP," added another.

Those who knew the actor personally also paid their respects.

"It was an honor to have known Robert," wrote one woman. "He was an amazing support to my daughter, when I was sick. He will be missed."

"He was thoughtful and considerate," she added. "When I was so sick, he was calling my daughter regularly, not only to see how I was progressing, but how she was doing, how she was feeling."

"Fair winds and following seas, Robert," added another. "You touched so many more lives than you'll ever know. It was a tremendous honor and pleasure to run your website for you but even more so to call you friend."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Dutcher Funeral HomeRobert Dowdell/Facebook (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images:​ Robert Dowdell/Facebook, (2)

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