DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Claude Akins (aged 67)
-American actor (B. J. and the Bear)
Claude Marion Akins (May 25, 1926 – January 27, 1994) was an American character actor with a long career on stage, screen, and television. Powerful in appearance and voice, Akins could be counted on to play the clever (or less than clever) tough guy, on the side of good or bad, in movies and television. He is remembered as Sheriff Lobo on the 1970s television series B. J. and the Bear, and later The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, a spin-off series.
DEATH: Akins died of stomach cancer in Pasadena, California. He was thought to have been born in 1918, making his age at death 75; however, Akins’ son said his father was born in 1926.