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Also Known As: Robert Brown Died: October 23, 1994
Born: June 5, 1928 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor

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While he played a number of different parts in film and television, some of Robert Lansing's most recognizable roles were as cops or men with military backgrounds. The tough-looking actor--who took his stage name from Michigan's state capital because another thespian was using his birth name--started his career in the 1950s, and established himself as a small-screen leading man by the early '60s. He appeared in the 1961 crime drama "87th Precinct," based on a series of novels by Ed McBain, in which he played the driven Detective Steve Carella. In this program and many others, Lansing's noticeably bushy eyebrows lent him an unkemptness that made him seem more human, and helped set him apart from other star actors on television. Later that decade, he played Brigadier General Frank Savage in "12 O'Clock High," based on the movie of the same name (he reprised the role first played by Gregory Peck), although his participation lasted only one season. An appearance in a '68 episode of "Star Trek" entitled "Assignment: Earth" was intended to lead to a spin-off series for Lansing but unfortunately, the show never aired. During the '70s and early '80s, his most notable work was guest-starring in various...

While he played a number of different parts in film and television, some of Robert Lansing's most recognizable roles were as cops or men with military backgrounds. The tough-looking actor--who took his stage name from Michigan's state capital because another thespian was using his birth name--started his career in the 1950s, and established himself as a small-screen leading man by the early '60s. He appeared in the 1961 crime drama "87th Precinct," based on a series of novels by Ed McBain, in which he played the driven Detective Steve Carella. In this program and many others, Lansing's noticeably bushy eyebrows lent him an unkemptness that made him seem more human, and helped set him apart from other star actors on television. Later that decade, he played Brigadier General Frank Savage in "12 O'Clock High," based on the movie of the same name (he reprised the role first played by Gregory Peck), although his participation lasted only one season. An appearance in a '68 episode of "Star Trek" entitled "Assignment: Earth" was intended to lead to a spin-off series for Lansing but unfortunately, the show never aired. During the '70s and early '80s, his most notable work was guest-starring in various series--although he did fight giant mutated insects in the '77 B-film "Empire of the Ants." Then came a supporting part in "The Equalizer," an '80s action series about an urban vigilante. He played Control, the head of a secret agency who provided the main character with assignments.

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 Orgazmo (1998) Young Ben
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 After School (1989) Ca Thomas
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 Nest, The (1988) Mayor Elias Johnson
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 S*h*e* (1980) Owen Hooper
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 Acapulco Gold (1978)
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 Deadly Triangle, The (1977) Charles Cole
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 Empire Of The Ants (1977) Dan Stokely
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 Bittersweet Love (1976) Howard
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 Widow (1976) Harold
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Robert Lansing (June 5, 1928 – October 23, 1994) was an American stage, film, and television actor. Born Robert Howell Brown in San Diego, California, he reportedly took his stage name from the state capital of Michigan. Notable TV roles include portrayals of Gen. George Custer on Branded, Gen. Frank Savage on Twelve O'Clock High, Peter Murphy/Mark Wainwright on The Man Who Never Was, Lt. Jack Curtis on Automan and Control on The Equalizer. Fans of Star Trek however remember him in particular for his portrayal of secret agent Gary Seven, a/k/a "Supervisor 194" in the episode "Assignment: Earth" (which was originally intended as the pilot for a spin-off series which NBC decided not to buy). He also had a notable appearance in The Twilight Zone episode, "The Long Morrow". His final role was that of "Paul Blaisdell" on the series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Lansing had a son from his marriage to actress Emily McLaughlin, which ended in divorce. He went on to marry Gari Hardy, but this marriage ended in divorce as well, although it produced another child for Lansing. He married, lastly, in 1981 to Anne Pivar. They remained together until Lansing's death in 1994, aged 66 from lung cancer. He was interred in Union Field Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens, New York.

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