June 12, 1928|
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||December 30, 2008
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hamilton was born in East Los Angeles and attended Oakland Technical High School, where he first became interested in acting. In films from 1950, he laboured in bit roles for years before getting noticed in the film One Potato, Two Potato (1964), the story of an inter-racial marriage. He is best remembered for his role as the brusque, no-nonsense Captain Dobey in the United States 1970's police series Starsky and Hutch. Hamilton was the brother of jazz drummer Chico Hamilton. Hamilton was also an impresario; since the late 1960s he had run a nightclub/art gallery called Citadel d’Haiti on Sunset Boulevard. Hamilton also produced Rhythm and blues and gospel music recordings on his own record label called Chocolate Snowman. One of his releases featured himself; it was entitled Captain Dobey Sings the Blues.
Hamilton died of cardiac arrest on December 30, 2008, aged 80.
Selected filmography 
- The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
- Carmen Jones (1954)
- Kismet (1955)
- Congo Crossing (1956)
- The Young One (1960) directed by Luis Buñuel
- The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)
- 13 West Street (1962)
- One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
- Synanon (1965)
- Stranger on the Run (1967)
- The Swimmer (1968)
- The Organization (1971)
- Hammer (1972)
- Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
- Bucktown (1975)
- "Actor Bernie Hamilton, Capt. Dobey on 'Starsky and Hutch,' dies at 80.". The LA Times. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
- Lawson, Dominic (2009-01-02). "Bernie Hamilton: played Captain Dobey in Starsky and Hutch". The Times (London). Retrieved 2009-01-02.