Actor Steve Forrest passed away on May 18 in Thousand Oaks, California. He was 87 years old.
Forrest was best known for his turn as Lt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson on the 1970s ABC action series S.W.A.T. In that role, he led the special five-man special weapons and tactics team and was often seen sporting his trademark bullhorn. He also became known for his signature line "Let's roll!" He gave a cameo appearance in the 2003 film version of S.W.A.T. (which starred Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson) as a van driver.
During his career, Forrest often played the "heavy" and he especially loved his turns on classic Western programs, such as The Virginian, Bonanza and Gunsmoke.
Forrest was born in Huntsville, Texas, and was the youngest of 13 children. He enlisted in the Army at 18 and fought in World War II, including the famed Battle of the Bulge. After leaving the Army, he moved to Los Angeles and attended UCLA.
After graduating in 1950, he began working as a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse near San Diego. Gregory Peck discovered him there during a summer stock production and arranged his first screen test with MGM, which quickly signed him to a contract.
Rest in peace, sir.