Dack Rambo

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Dack Rambo
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Dack Rambo in Dirty Sally (1974)
Norman Jay Rambo

(1941-11-13)November 13, 1941
DiedMarch 21, 1994(1994-03-21) (aged 52)
Resting placeNorth Kern Cemetery
Other namesDack Rambeau
Norman "Dack" Rambo
Norman Rambo
Years active1962–1991, 1993

Norman Jay Rambo (November 13, 1941 – March 21, 1994), professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan's grandson Jeff in the ABC series The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Steve Jacobi in the ABC soap opera All My Children, as cousin Jack Ewing on CBS's Dallas, and as Grant Harrison on the NBC soap opera Another World.

Early life[edit]

Norman Jay Rambo (aka Dack Rambo) was born in Earlimart, California, to William Lester (1904–1985) and Beatrice A. Rambo (nėe Rossi 1910–2002). Dack was a middle child in a family of 4. Siblings: William Donald Rambo (1933–2011); identical twin Orman “Dirk”(1941-1967); and sister Beverly Jean (b. 1944). Beatrice Rambo outlived two of her three sons.[1][2]


After moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, the 20-year-old twins were discovered by actress Loretta Young in 1962 and cast in her CBS series, The New Loretta Young Show.[3] On 5 February 1967, Dirk Rambo was killed in a road accident at the age of 25.[4]

Later that same year, Dack Rambo landed the role of Jeff Sonnett on The Guns of Will Sonnett, and co-starred in the short-lived Gunsmoke spin-off, Dirty Sally, with Jeanette Nolan. During the 1970s and 1980s, he made guest appearances on Marcus Welby, M.D., House Calls, Wonder Woman, Charlie's Angels, All My Children, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel and Murder, She Wrote. He also acted out the lead role in Sword of Justice, which lasted for ten installments in 1978-79. Rambo may be best remembered on television for playing Jack Ewing in 51 episodes of the soap opera Dallas from 1985-87. Rambo also played Wesley Harper on the 1984 short lived TV series soap opera Paper Dolls.

While working on Another World, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV in August 1991. He quit the series shortly thereafter and retired from acting. Rambo then made his HIV infection and his bisexuality public, revealing that he had been in a lot of relationships with both men and women since his twenties.[3]


Dack Rambo died on March 21, 1994 at the age of 52, of complications from AIDS.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1962–63 The New Loretta Young Show Peter Massey 26 episodes
1965 Never Too Young Tim Unknown episodes
1967 The Iron Horse Lieutenant Shelby Episode: "Sister Death"
Credited as Norman Rambo
1967–69 The Guns of Will Sonnett Jeff Sonnett 50 episodes
1970 Which Way to the Front? Terry Love
1970–71 Gunsmoke Cyrus Pike 3 episodes
1971 The Man and the City Holland Jr. Episode: "Disaster on Turner Street"
1971 Cannon Bryan Gibson Episode: "Stone, Cold Dead"
1973 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Don Episode: "Sweet Harvest"
1974 Dirty Sally Cyrus Pike 13 episodes
1974 Nightmare Honeymoon David Webb
1974 Hit Lady Doug Reynolds Television movie
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Episodes: "Dark Fury" (Parts 1 & 2)
1975 The Rookies Tommy Locke Episode: "Angel:
1977 Good Against Evil Andy Stuart Television movie
1977 Wonder Woman Andros Episodes: " Mind Stealers from Outer Space" (Parts 1 & 2)
1977 Tabitha Ted Episode: "Tabitha's Triangle"
1978 A Double Life Jack Cole Television movie
1978–79 Sword of Justice Jack Cole 10 episodes
1978–86 Fantasy Island Various 6 episodes
1979–86 The Love Boat Various 3 episodes
1980 Waikiki Ronnie Television movie
1980 Charlie's Angels Steve Episode: "Angel in Hiding"
1981 House Calls Episode: "All About Adam"
1981 Rich and Famous Kent Uncredited
1982–83 All My Children Steve Jacobi 7 episodes
1983–87 Hotel Various 3 episodes
1984 The Mississippi Episode: "Wheels of Justice"
1984 No Man's Land Connell Television movie
1984 Paper Dolls Wesley Harper 13 episodes
1984–90 Murder, She Wrote Various 3 episodes
1985–87 Dallas Jack Ewing 51 episodes
1987 Shades of Love: Lilac Dream Matt Direct-to-video release
1988 Lonely Knights Brad Moore Television movie
1988 Hunter Deputy D.A. Jason Leffler Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
1989 The Spring Andy
1989 Highway to Heaven Larry Nichols Episode: "The Source"
1990 Murder, She Wrote Arnold Alternative title: "Fixer Upper"
1990 Ultra Warrior Kenner Alternative title: Welcome to Oblivion
1991–92 Another World Grant Harrison 14 episodes


  1. ^ According to California Birth Index, 1905-1995 at ancestry.com
  2. ^ Profile, FamilyTreeLegends.com; accessed May 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Lipton, Michael A. (1992-05-11). "Dack Rambo's Brave New World". People. 37 (18).
  4. ^ "Dack Rambo dead". Variety. March 22, 1994. Retrieved October 17, 2007.
  5. ^ "A Bold Last Act". People. 41 (12). April 4, 1994.

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