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April 29, 2010

Actor Peter Haskell Passes at 75

Star of Bracken's World made numerous television appearances during a 40-year career.

Peter Haskell, a prolific stage, screen and TV actor who starred in the television series Bracken's World, died April 12, 2010, at his home in Northridge, California. He was 75 and, according to news reports, the cause of death was a heart attack.

Haskel is perhaps best known for the role of writer-producer Kevin Grant on Bracken's World, a drama that took a backstage look at the film industry. The series aired on NBC in 1969 and 1970. IN the early 1980s he had a regular role on the ABC daytime drama Ryan’s Hope.

The son of the noted scientist Norman Haskell, he was born in Boston on October 15, 1934. He began acting while studying for a degree in literature at Harvard University. He appeared on stage in Boston, New York and Canada in the 1960s and made his first television appearance in 1964 on the series Death Valley Days.

In the years that followed, Haskell had guest roles on dozens of series, including Ben Casey, Combat!, Lassie, The Big Valley, Mannix, Medical Center, Barnaby Jones, Vega$, Murder, She Wrote, JAG, Matlock and the 2009 series finale of ER.

Although he was largely devoted to television, Haskell also had film credits, including two Child's Play horror films in the '90s. He also remained active in the Los Angeles theater scene.

His first marriage ended in divorce. In 1974 he married Dianne "Crickett" Tolmich. They had two children, Audra and Jason.

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