Actor, Creator of Beloved Cop Show Passes Away at 97

January 03, 2019Jan 03, 2019

Actor Herb Ellis, who was responsible for the popular cop show "Dragnet," has passed away.

He famously said the beloved cop show was "created at my dining room table." Along with Jack Webb, the veteran character actor helped create the 1950s cop show.

According to his daughter, Karen, Ellis died on December 26 in San Gabriel, California. He was 97, wrote The Hollywood Reporter.

Ellis has numerous roles throughout his long career. He played bistro owner Wilbur on the NBC-ABC crime drama Peter Gunn. He also appeared in Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing."

Dragnet started out as a radio show in 1949, and made its way to NBC television in 1951. Early in the show, Ellis portrayed Officer Frank Smith opposite Webb. He also acted in Dragnet again when it was revived in the '60s.

Later in his career, Ellis appeared on many big shows. These included "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Andy Griffith Show," "Bewitched," "The Fugitive," "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," "My Favorite Martian," "Perry Mason," and "Sanford and Son."

Survivors include his daughter Karen and four grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 73 years, Sylvia, and son, Steven.

Please pray for all those who are mourning Ellis. May God comfort and guide them.

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