Versatile character actor Laurence Haddon has died at 90 years old.
Haddon, who passed away earlier this month in Santa Monica, California, from complications associated with Lewy body disease, appeared in numerous television programs during his 40-plus year career in the industry.
He is perhaps best known for his turn on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a syndicated soap opera parody. On that program, he played a gay man - one of the first non-stereotypical ones on national television. During his time on that program, he created a stir when he was caught kissing another man (this was in 1976 mind you) that his neighbors believed was his brother.
He also had a turn in Dallas as J.R.'s banker Franklin Horner. This was one of three CBS series he appeared in in the 1970s and 1980s, with the other two being Lou Grant (as a foreign editor) and Knots Landing as the devious Dr. Mitch Ackerman. In that role, he memorably took Joan Van Ark's babies.
Other TV roles included stints on Dr. Kildare, Dennis the Menace, Death Valley Days, My Three Sons, Sanford and Son, Mannix, Good Times, The Rockford Files, Barnaby Jones, Vega$, Hill Street Blues, T.J. Hooker and Designing Women.
Rest in peace, sir.