Peter Haskell, 75, a prolific stage, screen and TV actor who starred in
the behind-the-scenes Hollywood TV series "Bracken's World," died Monday April 12th, in his sleep at his home in Northridge, said his daughter, Audra.
Born Oct. 15, 1934, in Boston, Haskell began acting while studying for a
degree in literature at Harvard. He appeared on stage in Boston, New
York and Canada in the 1960s and won his first TV role in "Death Valley
Days" in 1964.
Dozens of TV appearances followed on series including "Ben Casey,"
"Combat!," "Lassie," "The Big Valley," "Mannix," "Medical Center,"
"Barnaby Jones," "Vega$," "Murder, She Wrote," "Matlock" and the 2009
series finale of "ER."
Haskell played writer-producer Kevin Grant on "Bracken's World," a
melodramatic backstage look at the film industry that ran on NBC in 1969
and '70. And he had a stint on daytime TV in the early 1980s on the ABC
soap "Ryan's Hope."
He also appeared in two "Child's Play" horror films in the '90s and was
active in theater in Los Angeles.
His first marriage to Ann Compton ended in divorce. In 1974 he married
Dianne "Crickett" Tolmich. They had two children, Audra and Jason.
HASKELL, Peter Abraham
Born: 10/15/1934, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 4/12/2010, Northridge, California, U.S.A.
Peter Haskell's westerns - actor:
Death Valley Days - 1964 (Slim Kennedy)
Rawhide (TV) - 1965 (Jethroe Kane)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1966, 1968 (Ward Whitcomb, Wheeler Johnson, Ben Rawlins)
The Iron Horse (TV) - 1967 (Joel Tanner)
The Legend of Earl Durand - 1974 (Earl Durand)
Father Murphy (TV) - 1982 (Alex Clark)