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Denny Miller, 'Tarzan' and 'Wagon Train' star, dies at 80

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Denny Miller, known for his role as Duke Shannon in the TV Western Wagon Train and being the first blond Lord of the Jungle in 1959’s Tarzan, the Ape Man, died on Tuesday at the age of 80, EW has confirmed.

The actor died in Las Vegas after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Before he was discovered by a talent agent on Sunset Boulevard, which led to his first bit role in 1958’s “Some Came Running,” the 6-foot-4 Miller was a talented basketball player, having played for the UCLA Bruins.

In addition to his Western Wagon role, Miller also made appearances in a bevy of TV shows, including Gilligan’s Island, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Hawaii Five-O, I Dream of Jeannie, The Brady Bunch, The Battlestar Galactica, Charlie’s Angels, Dallas, Magnum, P.I. and more. He also was the Gorton Fisherman, the man in the yellow rain gear in commercials for the fish sticks, for several years until 2005.

Miller is survived by his wife, Nancy Miller.