Martin E. Brooks Dead: ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ Star Sadly Dies At 90

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‘Six Million Dollar Man’ Star Martin E. Brooks Dead At Age 90.

Brooks’ Broadway career included roles in Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People”; John Steinbeck’s “Burning Bright,” for which he received both the Theatre World Award and the Donaldson Award; Arch Oboler’s “Night of the Auk”; and John Van Druten’s “I Am a Camera,” for which he received a Tony nomination. The actor also co-starred with Brian Donlevy in the national tour of Saul Levitt’s hit play “The Andersonville Trial.” Charles Durning had a featured role in that production, and as they worked together, he and Brooks forged a friendship that lasted until Durning’s death in 2012. Rudy Wells on the 1970s series “The Six Million Dollar Man” and its spinoff, “The Bionic Woman.” The role of Wells had previously been played in the original series by Alan Oppenheimer.

During his Broadway career, Brooks considered himself fortunate to work with some of the great actresses of the theater world including Katherine Cornell, Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Ruth Gordon, Geraldine Page, Marian Seldes and Uta Hagen. Brooks’ career in television dated back to 1951 and included appearances on McMillan & Wife, The New Perry Mason, Quincy M.E., Cagney & Lacey, Hunter and Knots Landing. Brooks was the third actor to play Wells, who oversees the bionic implants of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) on the two action shows.

Arthur Bradshaw on the ABC daytime serial “General Hospital.” Landau said Brooks was proud of his stage work that included “An Enemy of the People” and “I Am a Camera,” as well as the actors he worked with, Julie Harris and Barbara Bel Geddes among them. Larwin on “Cagney & Lacey” and Edgar Randolph, the main suspect in the “Dallas” story arc that asked the question “Who Killed J.R.?” Brooks reprised the Dr. He also appeared in several movies, including “Colossus — The Forbin Project,” “The Man” and “MacArthur.” At the same time, he produced and directed local live theater and taught acting at the Tracy Roberts Acting School, which he co-owned with Tracy Roberts.

Martin Baum was born in the Bronx, and when he was 10, his family moved to Wilkes-Barre, where his father opened and operated the Blue Bell Dress Factory. After the war, Baum attended Penn State University and enrolled at Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

While there, he won the off-Broadway best actor award for his performance in Wolfgang Borchert’s Outside the Door and changed his name to Martin Brooks after a suggestion from one of his producers, Richard Rodgers. He also starred in an L.A. production of Eric Bentley’s play “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been,” which opened at the Back Alley Theatre and continued at the Odyssey Theatre. In 2014 Brooks released his first CD: “A Life Filled With Love,” featuring songs he wrote and recorded in the ’60s and ’70s but never released. Brooks wrote two novels, “Danny Brown” and “Roman Candle.” His play “Flo and Joe” was optioned for a Broadway production and received several workshop productions at the Actors’ Studio and at Theatre West.

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