Pernell Roberts Dies at 81 | Celebrity News

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pernell roberts Today the world mourns the passing of one of the most distinct stars in showbiz. Pernell Roberts, stage actor and TV star, died at the age of 81 last Sunday in his Malibu-based home. It had been a long fight with cancer that took the renowned star’s life, as confirmed by his wife Eleanor Criswell.

Roberts was known for roles in TV shows Bonanza and Trapper John, MD. Other than this, he made distinction in the realm of theatre and music, being part of Broadway productions such as ‘Camelot’, ‘The King and I’ and ‘The Music Man’ to name a few and pursued a career in singing, expressing this onstage and on his TV shows appearances, as well as releasing a solo album entitled ‘Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies’, a collection of folk songs.

He also appeared as a guest star for various shows such as, Mission: Impossible, The Virginian, Ironside and Hawaii Five-O, etc. The star also lent his rich, deep voice to other projects such as narrations for shows and documentaries. He was the host and narrator for the 1991 series ‘FBI: The Untold Stories. Roberts retired from showbiz in the late 1990s, only appearing sparsely on screen since then. His last recorded appearance was in an episode of ‘Diagnosis: Murder’ where he reprised a character he played in the past.

The multi-talented actor was also a man of virtue and conveyed this through his activism. He fought for civil rights and equality, especially in the sphere of TV productions which included issues of racism and sexism. Roberts was one of the many who fought for American Civil Rights during the 1960s, joining the notable Selma to Montgomery Marches.

Pernell Roberts, upon his departure from this world, is one to be missed for years to come.


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