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Subject: ARCHIVE: July 18, 1920 ~Born a century ago, character actor DOLPH SWEET was born, credited with nearly 60 television and film roles like "The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3" (1974), "Heaven Can Wait" (1978), usually as gruff cops, even in his most memorable role as 'Chief Carl Kanisky' on TV's "Gimme a Break!" where he played in first four seasons until his death from cancer at 64. ...

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In reply to: jlp 's message, "July 18th~Happy 100th Birthday! Actress Lucienne Legrand (Vigier), Poet Zheng Min is 100, Psychiatrist Aaron T, Beck is 99, Politician Odvar Omland is 97, Ambassador/Pilot Betty Rose Crites Dillon is 97, ." on Friday, July 17, 09:00:09pm

American actor, credited with nearly 60 television and film roles as well as
several roles in stage productions before his death from stomach cancer in 1985. ...

Dolph Sweet
[ Adolphus Jean Sweet ]
(July 18, 1920 May 8, 1985)

Life and career ...
Sweet was born in New York City, New York. His father was an auto mechanic and his first ambition was playing football. In 1939, he attended the University of Alabama; however, he was called away from his education for a tour of duty in World War II with the US Army Air Force, serving as a navigator on B-24 Liberator bomber aircraft. During his service, he was shot down over Romania while flying on Operation Tidal Wave, and subsequently spent two years as a POW. After the war, he played semi-pro football and boxed as he worked on a master's degree from Columbia University. He went on to head up the drama department at Barnard College. Shortly after, he made his Broadway debut in Rhinoceros which starred Zero Mostel.

His first major film role was in The Young Doctors in 1961. He went on to make numerous appearances in films such as
You're a Big Boy Now (1966), A Lovely Way to Die (1968), The Swimmer (1968) and Finian's Rainbow (1968) as the Sheriff. ...

Through the 1970s he was much in demand, with roles in films such as Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), The Out-of-Towners (1970), The New Centurions (1972), Fear Is the Key (1972), Sisters (1972), Cops and Robbers (1973), The Lords of Flatbush (1974), Amazing Grace (1974), The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977), Which Way Is Up? (1977), Go Tell the Spartans (1978), Heaven Can Wait (1978) and The Wanderers (1979). In addition to film roles, he also had guest starring roles on Little House on the Prairie and Mrs. Columbo. He had a notable role as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the 1978 television miniseries King, based on the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

...He was well known for his role as policeman Gil McGowan, third husband of Ada Davis (later Hobson), on the soap opera Another World (19721977). He also voiced the character of Manhattan Subway Transit Police Captain Costello in the 1974 version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. On television through the 1960s and 1970s, his roles including The Defenders, The Edge of Night, Another World as Police Chief Gil McGowan, and Dark Shadows. As the 1980s began, Sweet worked steadily in such films as Below the Belt (1980) and Reds (1981), the made for television movie Gideon's Trumpet (1980), and television series like Hill Street Blues and Hart to Hart.

...Sweet played as police chief and father Carl Kanisky, who was constantly at odds with housekeeper Nell Carter on the sitcom Gimme a Break!, a role he played from 1981 until his death. Sweet was diagnosed with cancer during the series' fourth season, but continued to work. Dolph Sweet died on May 8, 1985; his final appearance on Gimme a Break! aired 3 days later on the day of his funeral. He was survived by his wife, Iris Braun, and a son, Jonathan.

Death ...
In his personal life he married and had a son. This marriage ended in divorce before the mid-1970s; Sweet later remarried.
Sweet died from stomach cancer at Tarzana Hospital in Tarzana, California on May 8, 1985, and remains were cremated
and his ashes were scattered at sea. His wife, Iris Braun, survived him.

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