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October 12, 2012

Yale Summers, Actor and SAG Officer

Summers co-starred on the wildlife series Daktari and guested on many other series.

Yale Summers, an actor who co-starred in the 1960s wildlife series Daktari, and later became active in the Screen Actors Guild, died May 6, 2012, in Beverly Hills. He was 78.

According to news reports, the cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Summers, a native of New York City, also had regular roles on the daytime dramas General Hospital and Return to Peyton Place, and was guest star on dozens of series. They included The Donna Reed Show, My Favorite Martian, The Untouchables, The Outer Limits, My Three Sons, McMillan and Wife, Fantasy Island, Quincy and many others.

Apart from his work as a performer, Summers was active in the Screen Actors Guild for many years. His involvement included service as a founding member and chair of the SAG Awards Committee, and a producer of the Screen Actors Guild Awards from its founding in 1995 until 2009.

Read more about his life and work at:

Deadline.com

Variety

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