Friday, May 24, 2013
R.I.P. Lt. Hondo Harrelson
Steve Forrest (September 29, 1925 – May 18, 2013) was an American actor who was well known for his role as Lt. Hondo Harrelson in the short lived television series S.W.A.T. which ran in 1975 through 1976.
Born William Forrest Andrews in Huntsville in east Texas. Forrest was a younger brother of movie actor Dana Andrews. Among Forrest's notable films are So Big, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor, The Longest Day, North Dallas Forty, and Mommie Dearest. He had cameo roles in Spies Like Us, Amazon Women on the Moon, and the movie version of S.W.A.T..
Forrest's television credits include the title role of the British crime drama The Baron, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, S.W.A.T., Hollywood Wives, Rod Serling's hour-long Twilight Zone episode "The Parallel" (as well as Serling's Night Gallery segment "The Waiting Room"), Gunsmoke, one episode in which he portrays Will Mannon (one of the very few men ever to out draw Matt Dillon), and Dallas, in which he played an impostor pretending to be Jock Ewing. It was a possibility to introduce the character as a permanent replacement, but the change did not go over well with audiences and the storyline was written out of the show.