Martin Milner, Star of ‘Adam 12’ and ‘Route 66,’ Dies at 83

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Martin Milner dead: Adam-12 and Route 66 star has passed away, aged 83.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Martin Milner, whose wholesome good looks helped make him the star of two hugely popular 1960s TV series, “Route 66” and “Adam-12,” has died. Despite having a career than spanned an impressive six decades, the Hollywood legend is bets known for his portrayal of patrol officer Pete Malloy alongside Kent McCord’s Officer Jim Reed on Adam-12. Despite going on to land several role after Life With Father – including parts in Sweet Smell Of Success and Valley Of The Dolls – it wasn’t until 1960 that his next big hit came along in the form of Route 66. Milner’s death was confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department, which posted a tribute to late star on the Instagram account for its communications department. The double act became household names as they travelled form town to town in an iconic Corvette, tackling social issues and attempting to change the States’ cultural landscape.

Milner was also praised on social media by LAPD chief Charlie Beck. “Adam-12 and Martin Milner embodied the spirit of the LAPD to millions of viewers,” Beck wrote on Twitter. “His depiction of a professional & tough yet compassionate cop led to thousands of men & women applying to become LAPD officers, including me. Milner, who began his career as a teen actor, shot to fame in 1960 with co-star George Maharis in the iconic TV drama “Route 66,” which found two restless young men roaming the highway author John Steinbeck had dubbed “The Mother Road” in a red Corvette convertible.

The series finished in 1975 and Milner then went on to feature in an array of projects across film and TV – including appearances in Fantasy Island, Airwolf and Macyver. Godspeed Martin, you will live forever in our hearts.” Milner starred as Malloy on 174 episodes of Adam-12, which ran from 1968 to 1975. “I had a long, long friendship with Marty and we remained friends up till the end,” Kent McCord, who played Milner’s onscreen partner in the hit show, told the Associated Press on Monday. “He was one of the really true great people of our industry with a long, distinguished career…Wonderful films, wonderful television shows, pioneering shows like Route 66. But before he played a Los Angeles cop, he was hepcat drifter Tod Stiles, who, with pal Buz Murdock (George Maharis), zoomed ’cross country in a convertible Corvette in search of The Meaning of Life and women … usually, in their case, the same thing. But as The New York Times noted in 2012, when the series was finally released in a boxed set, it was also something bigger than just another prime-time escape along the black-and-white road to nowhere. In 1960, Milner would star on Route 66, a popular series that ran for four years and featured guest appearances from the likes of Robert Duvall, James Caan, Lee Marvin, Walter Matthau, Martin Sheen, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Burt Reynolds and many more. (George Maharis played Milner’s cohort in that show.)

Since bypassed in favor of bigger, faster interstates, the iconic highway stretched unbroken from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean during the show’s heyday and was venerated as a driving force behind the country’s 20th century westward migration. “Route 66” was the only TV show filmed entirely on location in the early 1960s, moving to new towns and cities for each new episode. But ironically, the action often took place off the highway. “The problem was that once you get into Oklahoma and Texas on the route, the scenery is flat and boring,” Milner recounted in a 1997 interview. “Pictorially it just wasn’t very interesting.” Maharis, who became ill with hepatitis and missed part of the third season, left “Route 66” at the end of that year amid rumors of a contract dispute.

By way of proof he points to one of three Route 66 episodes shot entirely in Dallas: “Aren’t You Surprised To See Me?,” which aired in Season 2. (The whole series was shot on location, which provides us with close to three hours’ worth of glimpses of pre-JFK Dallas — including Dallas Love Field, the recently opened Dallas Trade Mart and the old Wyatt’s cafeteria in Preston Center — and copious references to The Dallas News and Dallas Times Herald.) You can watch the whole episode here; that’s the intro above. The man (played by David Wayne) explains himself in a dizzying monologue that foreshadows both the anti-establishment mood of the Vietnam era and the current laments of the religious right.” “Drop the scales from your eyes,” the man tells Buz while they’re parked on Commerce and St.

Instead we have a shame culture, one in which acts are judged good or evil solely on the basis of whether one is caught or not, in which the worst punishment is public humiliation, not private guilt. In 1952, Milner began a two-year stretch in the Army, where he directed training films and served as master of ceremonies for a touring-show unit that was based at Fort Ord in Northern California. Milner had met Webb years before “Route 66” when both were appearing in the feature film “Halls of Montezuma,” and Webb had hired him for an early radio version of “Dragnet.” Later, he appeared in several episodes of the 1950s TV version.

This is an age which no longer waits patiently through this lifetime for the rewards in the next, but instead mills anxiously about overindulging, driven to cheat, driven to crime. For six weeks, Milner also was detached from duty so he could perform in John Ford’s West Point tale The Long Gray Line (1955), starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara. (During his Army tour, Milner became friends with fellow soldier (and future Fugitive star) David Janssen and Clint Eastwood, who was serving as a swimming instructor at his base. Legend has it that Milner and Janssen encouraged Eastwood to try his hand at acting.) During this period, Milner also appeared with John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and Operation Pacific (1950) and in other films like Robert Wise’s The Captive City (1952), The Saber and the Arrow (1953), Francis in the Navy (1955), Pillars of the Sky (1956), Marjorie Morningstar (1958) — in which he portrayed the playwright friend of Natalie Wood — and Richard Fleischer’s Compulsion (1959).

So what is that insignificant sacrifice against the gigantic moral collapse of the world?” (Beatle Bob also does a pretty nifty job tying two Dallas-shot episodes to the Kennedy assassination. Leonard and inspired by the Jack Kerouac novel On the Road, were filmed on the road in cities across the U.S. “We traveled with kids and a housekeeper,” Milner said in a 2001 interview. “And it was before the days of motor homes and before the days of vans, really.

He recovered and enrolled in theater arts at the University of Southern California but dropped out after a year to devote himself to his acting career. There’s another take here.) The two other locally shot episodes are also available: “Love is a Skinny Kid” (shot mostly in Lewisville and Seagoville and featuring Tuesday Weld, Cloris Leachman and, in the scene below, Burt Reynolds … … and the Mesquite-made “A Long Piece of Mischief” (with Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens and Denver Pyle). So we’d go into town, do two episodes, get everything loaded in the truck, and if it was a long move — if, for instance, we were going from Montana to Chicago — the crew, with the exception of the driver, would fly home for a few days.

But me and my family would travel with the trucks, because we had the kids with us.” Milner also played Officer Malloy — a confirmed bachelor who turned down several promotions in order to stay on the street — on The D.A. and Emergency!, two other 1970s series produced by Webb. During his career, Milner also guest-starred on such TV shows as The Lone Ranger, Slattery’s People, The Twilight Zone, The Millionaire, The Rat Patrol and Murder, She Wrote.

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