Dack Rambo in Dirty Sally (1974)
|Born||Norman Jay Rambo
November 13, 1941
Earlimart, California, U.S.
|Died||March 21, 1994
Delano, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications from AIDS|
|Resting place||North Kern Cemetery|
|Other names||Dack Rambeau
Norman "Dack" Rambo
|Years active||1962–1991, 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.
Norman Jay Rambo (aka Dack Rambo) was born in Earlimart, California, to William Lester Rambo (aka Lester Rambo – 1904–1987) and Beatrice A. Rambo (nėe Rossi – 1910–2002). He had an older brother, William Donald Rambo (aka Bill Rambo – 1933–2011); an identical twin brother, Orman Ray Rambo (aka Dirk Rambo – 1941-1967); and a younger sister, Beverly Rambo (born 1944). Beatrice Rambo would outlive two of her three sons.
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. On 5 February 1967, Dirk Rambo was killed in a road accident at the age of 25.
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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, although over 60% of the Dallas episodes that Rambo appeared in ended up being explained away as a dream that the character Pamela Barnes Ewing had been having. 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 publicly announced that he was HIV positive and that he was bisexual, revealing that he had been in a lot of relationships with both men and women since his 20s.
|1962–1963||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
|1967–1969||The Guns of Will Sonnett||Jeff Sonnett||50 episodes|
|1970||Which Way to the Front?||Terry Love|
|1970–1971||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.||2 episodes|
|1975||The Rookies||Tommy Locke||Episode: "Angel:|
|1977||Good Against Evil||Andy Stuart||Television movie|
|1977||Wonder Woman||Andros||2 episodes|
|1977||Tabitha||Ted||Episode: "Tabitha's Triangle"|
|1978||A Double Life||Jack Cole||Television movie|
|1978–1979||Sword of Justice||Jack Cole||10 episodes|
|1978–1986||Fantasy Island||Various||6 episodes|
|1979–1986||The Love Boat||Various||3 episodes|
|1980||Charlie's Angels||Steve||Episode: "Angel in Hiding"|
|1981||House Calls||Episode: "All About Adam"|
|1981||Rich and Famous||Kent||Uncredited|
|1982–1983||All My Children||Steve Jacobi||7 episodes|
|1984||No Man's Land||Connell||Television movie|
|1984||Paper Dolls||Wesley Harper||13 episodes|
|1984–1990||Murder, She Wrote||Various||3 episodes|
|1985–1987||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||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|
|1991–1992||Another World||Grant Harrison||Unknown episodes|
- According to California Birth Index, 1905-1995 at ancestry.com
- Profile, FamilyTreeLegends.com; accessed May 16, 2016.
- Lipton, Michael A. (1992-05-11). "Dack Rambo's Brave New World". People. 37 (18).
- "Dack Rambo dead". Variety. March 22, 1994. Retrieved October 17, 2007.
- "A Bold Last Act". People. 41 (12). April 4, 1994.