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Actor
    (February 27, 1934-November 28, 2016)
    Born in Fort Worth, Texas
    Born Van Zandt Jarvis Williams
    Played the titular Green Hornet (1966-1967)
    Other TV credits include ‘Bourbon Street Beat’ and ‘Surfside 6’
    Film credits include ‘The Caretakers’ and ‘Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story’
    Died of renal failure in Scottsdale, Arizona at 82
    Initially reluctant to take his signature part, he was worried that it would come off as silly (‘none of this wham, bam, thank you, ma’am stuff that was going on with Batman’).
    The filmmakers for the 2011 Hornet adaptation wanted him to make a cameo, but he wasn’t available (just as well).
    One of his daughters interviewed that he would cry at… Coke commercials.
    He worked as a reserve firefighter, which likely led to the bronchial complications and back problems brought on by scorching his lungs on the job.
    He was not declared officially dead until the next day (it was also announced only a week later).
    He was discovered in Hawaii, where he was a diving instructor.
    His parents owned a cattle ranch, which was a factor in his rodeo performances, if not in the few Westerns in which he appeared.
    He was the only member of the Green Hornet cast to survive into the 21st century (Wende Wagner was only 55 at her death some 19 years earlier).
    He built his own radio-communications company, which would become instrumental in stinging a network of airwave pirates – who had nailed one of his own channels – in 1992.
    He also worked as a reserve deputy sheriff in the Los Angeles area.
    He had a total of five daughters by only two wives, the latter to whom he remained married for 57 years.

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