Six Million Dollar Man actor Brooks dies

Associated Press
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(© Jon Landau/Associated Press) This 2008 photo provided by Jon Landau shows, Edie Landau, left, with Martin E. Brooks at a Mother's day brunch in Brentwood, Calif. A friend says that actor Brooks of TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man” has died at age 90.

Martin E. Brooks, whose acting career stretched from Broadway dramas to TV series including The Six Million Dollar Man and Dallas, has died. He was 90.

Jon Landau, a film producer and friend of Brooks, said he died on Monday of natural causes after a brief hospitalization in Los Angeles. Brooks and Landau's mother, Edie Landau, were childhood friends who became close companions two decades ago, after she was widowed.

Brooks' best-known role was as scientist Dr 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.

Brooks' other credits included The Philco Television Playhouse in the 50s, Combat! in the 60s and Knots Landing in the 90s. He also played Dr 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.

"Marty was the eternal optimist. He only looked at the good things in life," said Landau, the producer of Titanic and Avatar.

A private service is planned.