DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Strother Martin (aged 61)
Strother Douglas Martin Jr. (March 26, 1919 – August 1, 1980) was an American character actorwho often appeared in support of John Wayne and Paul Newman and in western films directed by John Ford and Sam Peckinpah. Martin perhaps is best known as the prison “captain” in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, in which he uttered the line, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” The line is number 11 on the American Film Institute list of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes.
DEATH: Martin was married to Helen Meisels-Martin from 1967 until his death. In the last year of his life Martin had been under doctor’s care for cardiac problems and he died of a heart attack on August 1, 1980, at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California; he was 61. His widow, who was ten years his senior, died in 1997. Her ashes are interred with Martin’s in Court of Remembrance, Columbarium of Radiant Dawn, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.