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An athlete turned actor, Shelly Novack enjoyed success both on the field and onscreen. After excelling as a football player in college, Novack was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1966, and played for two seasons as a wide receiver. When he met a TV producer during the offseason of 1968, his acting career was launched with a role on a football-themed episode of "Hallmark Hall of Fame." Novack never achieved huge celebrity as an actor, though he was certainly not an unknown. He appeared frequently in prominent TV series as a guest star, including the Westerns "The Virginian" and "Gunsmoke," during the late '60s and early '70s. Novack scored a supporting role in the 1969 frontier drama "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here," starring Robert Redford, one of his few sojourns into feature films. Although mainly a guest actor, Novack did hold a few recurring roles, notably on the long-running crime drama "The F.B.I.," as Agent Chris Daniels, for two seasons. This led to a part as Sergeant Charlie Benson in the cop series "Most Wanted," co-starring with Robert Stack. The show didn't catch on, however, and was pulled after 22 episodes. During the late 1970s, Novack began racing cars, and was poised for a successful career as a driver as well as an actor before he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1978, shortly after the premiere of his final film, "Love's Dark Ride."
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Shelly Novack was a star athlete at Venice High School in California. He later played football at Santa Monica City College, Long Beach State, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1965. He became an actor through football, much like some other athletes do. Shelly won the first Toyota Grand Prix Pro Celebrity Race in 1977. Although he was a decent actor his passion was sports. Shelly had a heart condition and passed away because of it on May 27th,1978.
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