Our hearts go out to Martin E. Brooks’ family. The actor, best known for his role on the TV series ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,’ sadly died on Dec. 7. He was 90 years old.
Martin E. Brooks lived a long and happy life, but he has sadly passed away at age 90. The actor, who starred on Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, was briefly hospitalized before his death on Dec. 7.
Film producer Jon Landau, a friend of the late star, confirmed the news, explaining that Martin died of natural causes and had been hospitalized in Los Angeles. Jon has said that his mother and Martin were “soulmates,” who were friends as children and formed a close companionship after her husband died in 1993.
Martin played Dr. Rudy Wells on The Six Million Dollar Man, a role that had been previously played by Alan Oppenheimer. He portrayed the same character on the series’ spin-off, The Bionic Woman. Interestingly, both shows were airing on two separate networks at the same time, making Martin and a co-star the first known actors to simultaneously play the same character on two different channels. After both series were canceled in 1978, he reprised the role in three television movies, and made appearances on shows like Dallas and General Hospital.
Before he became an actor, Martin had other important accomplishments to note, as well. He served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, and was even given a Purple Heart after receiving injuries in World War II. He went to Penn State University and the Dramatic Workshop of the New School in New York City, even starring in the off-Broadway show, Outside the Door, for which he won a best actor award. Our thoughts remain with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
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