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Kevin Dobson

Kevin Dobson
Dobson in Kojak (1975)
Born Kevin Patrick Dobson
(1943-03-18) March 18, 1943
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Susan Dobson (1968–present)

Kevin Patrick Dobson (born March 18, 1943) is an American film and television actor, who is primarily known for his roles on television. His most prominent roles were as Detective Bobby Crocker, the trusted partner of Lt. Theo Kojak (played by Telly Savalas) on the popular 1970s CBS crime drama Kojak, and as M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie on the 1980s soap opera Knots Landing - a role he played from 1982 until the series ended in 1993. On April 1, 2008, Dobson premiered on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives in the role of Mickey Horton.


  • Life and career 1
    • Affiliations 1.1
    • Family 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Life and career

Dobson was born in Jackson Heights, New York, of Irish descent. He is one of seven children born to a grammar school (Our Lady of Fatima, Jackson Heights, NY) janitor and a stay at home mom.[1] Before embarking on an acting career, Dobson worked as a trainman, brakeman and conductor for the Long Island Rail Road, followed by a few years as a waiter, then bartender, at Manhattan restaurant Brew's, owned by relatives.

After small acting roles on TV series such as The Mod Squad, Emergency! and Cannon, Dobson won the role of Lt. Theo Kojak's young partner, Det. Bobby Crocker, on the TV series Kojak, opposite Telly Savalas, after he signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1972. He remained with Kojak for its entire run from 1973 to 1978, and later reunited with Savalas for the 1990 TV movie, Kojak: It's Always Something, his character having become an assistant district attorney.

Dobson starred in the Atlanta, Georgia, among other stage roles across the country.

In 1980, he was offered the chance for a lead role on Magnum, P.I., unfortunately, he turned that down, hence, the role was eventually given to another Universal contract player, Tom Selleck. From 1981-1982, Dobson starred as the title character of the CBS series Shannon, about a San Francisco police officer who is a single father. The series failed to win substantial ratings and was cancelled after nine episodes. Also in 1981, he played a lead role in the movie All Night Long, playing the husband of Barbra Streisand.

The following season, he landed the role of M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie on Knots Landing, cast opposite Michele Lee, a role he played for eleven years. He later reunited with his Knots Landing co-stars for a miniseries, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac in 1997, and again in the 2005 non-fiction special Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again.

Dobson also appeared on the syndicated F/X: The Series for one season, playing Detective Leo McCarthy in 1996-97, and on the hit daytime drama series, One Life to Live and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Dobson starred with Richard Thomas in the 2009 stage production of 12 Angry Men. Dobson has stated, concerning actors who are afraid of being typecast, " should be so lucky".

He played Mickey Horton on Days of Our Lives from April 2008 to October 2, 2008. His character was not seen on screen and left, with no explanation, for two years. The character of Mickey was "killed off" the show in January 2010. Although Dobson played the character for a few months, Mickey is best remembered being played by veteran soap actor John Clarke.

In 2014, he appeared in the sitcom Anger Management as Dr. Cameron.


Dobson, a former soldier, served twice as chairman of the National Salute To Hospitalized Veterans. Having long assisted with the needs of hospitalized veterans, Dobson received the Silver Helmet Peace Award and the American Legion Award.

In the 1976 HornetUSS 's ill-fated opening attack against the Japanese fleet on June 4, 1942.


He married his wife Susan in 1968, and they have three children.


  1. ^ Staff. "Hollywood Freeway", Los Angeles Daily News, July 17, 1990. Accessed May 28, 2009. "When you grow up in the projects in Jackson Heights, in the New York borough of Queens, you don't think about having a golf and tennis tournament named after you. You only think about getting out and surviving. Kevin Dobson got out."

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