Dennis Patrick

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Dennis Patrick
Born Dennis Patrick Harrison
(1918-03-14)March 14, 1918
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died October 13, 2002(2002-10-13) (aged 84)
Hollywood, California
Cause of death
Burns from a house fire
Residence Hollywood, California
Nationality American
Occupation Character actor
Years active 1958 – 1990s
Known for See Career

Dennis Patrick Harrison or Dennis Patrick (March 14, 1918 - October 13, 2002) was an American character actor, primarily in television.


Patrick is known for his work in television shows. He made four guest appearances on Perry Mason, three of them as the murder victim: Martin Selkirk in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Deadly Toy," Martin Somers in the 1962 episode, "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark," and golf pro Chick Farley -- an unnervingly close channelling of James Cagney -- in the 1966 episode, "The Case of the Golfer's Gambit." Among his other television appearances were the roles of Jason McGuire and Paul Stoddard in Dark Shadows, Mac in Somerset, Vaughn Leland in CBS's Dallas, and in such films as Joe. He also was a respected stage actor, having won the Theater World Award for his starring role in "The Liar". He also portrayed Jean Paul Marat on Broadway in the stage production, Marat Sade.

Patrick appeared in more than 1800 guest roles on television programs during his four-decade career, including stints on Tales of Tomorrow (1952), Kraft Theatre (1949–57), Gunsmoke (1958), Playhouse 90 (1958), Sugarfoot (1959), Buckskin (1959), Peter Gunn (1959), U.S. Marshal (1959-1960), 77 Sunset Strip (1960), Bonanza (1960), Wanted: Dead or Alive (1960), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960–61); Hawaiian Eye (1962), The Virginian (1962), Laramie (1960-1963), Perry Mason (1959-1966), Empire (as Hoot Hinkley in "The Tiger Inside", 1963), The Dakotas (1963), Lost in Space (1966, as Keema "The Golden Man"), Dark Shadows (1967-1970), and Dallas (1979-1984, as Vaughn Leland).

Patrick played Sheriff Patterson in the film House of Dark Shadows (1970). Dennis Patrick was television's first vampire (as Dennis Harrison) in a 1950 episode of "Stage 13" (1950).

Personal life[edit]

Dennis Patrick was born March 14, 1918, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from North Catholic High School in 1935. His father's family came from Ireland, and many of Patrick's character roles contained an Irish brogue. Patrick married Amelia Baines and had two children; they divorced in 1969. He remained married to actress Barbara Cason, his second wife, from 1970 until her death in 1990. Patrick died in a fire at his home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of eighty-four.


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