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Ron Harper, the ruggedly good-looking main man of ’60s TV who charmed as Uncle Jack on the youngsters’ sequence “Land of the Lost” within the ’70s, has died at 88.

His daughter broke the information of his March 21 passing on social media over the weekend, writing, “It’s with a heavy heart that I must share the news of my father’s passing… He laid his head down to rest and never woke up again… Although it was not public knowledge, Alzheimer’s Dementia started to take his mind from him years ago, it’s hard to believe he is physically gone now too. I know he’ll be watching over all of us, until we meet again.”

Harper was born January 12, 1936, in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania. After attending Princeton, a stint within the Navy, and learning with Lee Strasberg, he understudied Paul Newman in “Sweet Bird of Youth” on Broadway in 1959.

He made his TV debut with “Tales of Wells Fargo” in 1960, with numerous visitor spots following quickly after, together with on “Thriller” (1960), “Wagon Train” (1960), and “Shotgun Slade” (1961).

His first shot at being a sequence common was on “87th Precinct” (1961-1962), a gritty Manhattan cop drama based mostly on a sequence of novels by Ed McBain.

Next, he performed one half of a few younger marrieds with Connie Stevens on the sequence “Wendy and Me” (1964-1965), which featured George Burns as himself.

Other series-regular gigs included the “The Jean Arthur Show” (1966), the reclusive ’30s star’s ultimate filmed work; and “Garrison’s Gorillas” (1967-1968), a spy thriller.

Harper’s two most fondly remembered sequence have been the short-lived however cult-classic TV adaptation of “Planet of the Apes” (1974), on which he co-starred with James Naughton and Roddy McDowall, and “Land of the Lost” (1976), the bonkers Sid & Marty Krofft Saturday morning journey that positioned an unsuspecting household again within the age of the dinosaurs.

Harper changed Spencer Milligan on the latter present as its father determine, lasting all through the ultimate season. He declined a cameo within the 2009 Will Ferrell movie adaptation, citing the poor script.

As for “Apes,” it was the sort of present everybody thought might run eternally, however fell quick. According to Blog of the Planet of the Apes, Harper — who performed Alan Virdon — is quoted within the upcoming e book “The Unofficial Oral History of Planet of the Apes: Vol. II” as saying, “Just earlier than the sequence aired, I did an interview and so they mentioned, ‘Well, you’ve lastly bought one which’s gonna go. It can’t miss.’ The movement footage made one thing like $160 million, and everyone anticipated the sequence to be a shoo-in. I assumed we have been going to be on for not less than a few years. It didn’t work out that method. It was very disappointing, as a result of it actually ought to have and will have been far more than it was.”

Also a staple of soaps, Harper labored on “Where the Heart Is” (1971-1973), “Love of Life” (1980), “Another World” (1980), “Loving” (1983-1995), “Capitol” (1985-1987), and “Generations” (1990-1991).

He was additionally seen on such exhibits as “Remington Steele” (1984), “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1993), “Melrose Place” (1995), “Boy Meets World” (1998), “Walker, Texas Ranger” (1998), “The West Wing” (2001), and “Cold Case” (2008), retiring after 2015.

He is survived by his daughter

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