2006-01-01 19:20:14 UTC
By GREG WELTER - Staff Writer
Dee Pollock, a character actor with hundreds of featured television and
movie roles over a 35-year career, died Tuesday at his home in Chico, a
family member said.
Pollock was 68.
He was born in Alhambra in 1937 and began landing roles in movies at
the age of 6, said his sister, Rowana Trott of Bellevue, Wash.
He resided in Southern California until 1989, when he moved to Chico to
care for his mother, who is now 96 and still lives in the area.
Pollock was best known for his work in television, mostly Westerns and
Between 1950 and 1970 he made regular guest appearances on "Rawhide,"
"Wagon Train," "The Lone Ranger," "The Mod Squad," "The Fugitive,"
"Combat!," "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza."
He had a recurring role on the short-lived series "Johnny Ringo" in
1959 and 1960. Because of his youthful appearance, Pollock played
numerous parts much younger than his actual age.
For unknown reasons, the actor's last name in credits was sometimes
Family members said Pollock still has a fan base and heard from them on
a regular basis.
Pollock's film credits include roles in the 1970 combat feature
"Kelly's Heroes," and, in 1956, the film adaptation of Rodger's and
Hammersteins musical "Carousel."
In later life, Pollock turned his talents to writing
poetry and music.
His poems, which friend and filmmaker Ruth Delph said may soon be
published, favor the pacing and socially influenced themes of beat
generation writers like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence
If acting was Pollock's early passion, a Hindu religion based on the
spiritual presence of Babaji, an ancient figure cast as the Yogi-Christ
of Modern India, became his calling.
Pollock frequently visited a retreat on Kauai run by a Hawaii-based
group of Babaji followers, and was regarded as having achieved a high
station in the spiritual order.
Delph said news of Pollock's death was noted by the Dalai Lama in
Tibet, where he asked followers of Hinduism to pray in his memory.
She said Pollock's body will be cremated on Kauai and his ashes
scattered in a river there.
"Dee was devoted to helping people get through the traumas in their
lives," Delph said.