TV series "Daktari" and starred in the low-budget biker movies "The
Hellcats" and "The Sidehackers," died of prostate cancer May 7 at home
in Brentwood, said Lee Srednick, his partner of seven years.
Launching his career in the 1960s with guest shots on TV series such as
"The Big Valley" and "The Virginian," Hagen also appeared in the Elvis
Presley movie "Speedway" and the motorcycle movie "The Mini-Skirt Mob."
In 1968, he joined the cast of "Daktari," the CBS adventure series
starring Marshall Thompson as an American veterinarian running an animal
study center in Africa. Hagen played Bart Jason, a former wild animal
hunter who had become a photographic safari guide, until the series
ended in 1969.
Hagen also was a writer, producer and director, whose credits as a
writer and director include "Time Wars" and "The Media Madman."
He was born Leland Lando Lilly on May 21, 1938, in Williams, Ariz., and
grew up on a farm in Oregon.
Hagen, who served a stint in the Army, was married twice and had two
children, Bob Lilly and Julie Lilly-Beloit, with his first wife. He and
his second wife, actress Claire Polan, were married from 1963 until her
death in 2003.
HAGEN, Ross (Leland Lando Lilly)
Born: 5/21/1938, Williams, Arizona, U.S.A.
Died: 5/7/2011, Brentwood, California, U.S.A.
Ross Hagen's westerns - actor:
The Big Valley (TV) - 1966 (Troy Morton)
Shane (TV) - 1966 (Floyd)
The Virginian (TV) - 1966, 1967 (Stacy, Tern, Bassett)
Gunfight in Abilene - 1967 (Civil War P.O.W.)
The Road West (TV) - 1967
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1967 (Gabe Kelso)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1967, 1968, 1971 (Kay Cee, Luke Riker, Hicks)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) - 1968 (Doak Redford)
Mark of the Gun - 1969
The Outcasts (TV) - 1969 (Clay)
Here Come the Brides (TV) - 1969 (Jobe)
Lancer (TV) - 1969, 1970 (Harmon Cooper, Clint)
Bonanza (TV) - 1970 (Rader)
Kung Fu (TV) - 1973 (Herman Skowrin)
Bret Maverick (TV) - 1982 (Phil Farnsworth)
Time Wars - 1993 (Tomahawk) [director, screenwriter, composer]
Hard Bounty - 1995 (Sheriff)
Shadowheart - 2009 (Missionary)
Red Dead Redemption - 2010 (Landon Ricketts) [voice]