Martin Milner, who starred in the hit 1960s shows Route 66 and Adam-12, died on Sunday at age 83. 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. 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. Godspeed Martin, you will live forever in our hearts.”
“Pete Malloy you are End Of Watch,” read the Instagram post, referencing Milner’s Adam-12 character.
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. He was one of the great guys. I was lucky to have him in my life.”
Milner made his screen debut in the 1947 film Life with Father opposite stars such as William Powell, Irene Dunne and Elizabeth Taylor. He appeared in numerous films and television series throughout the 1950s, including Dragnet (which, like Adam-12, was created by Jack Webb). 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.)
In his later years, Milner would star on Murder, She Wrote and Life Goes On. His last credited appearance is from a 1997 episode of Diagnosis Murder.
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