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British-Canadian actor-director Barry Morse, best known as the police detective in hot pursuit of David Janssen's Dr. Richard Kimble in the TV series "The Fugitive," has died in England at the age of 89.
Morse died at University College hospital in London on Saturday, his son, actor Hayward Morse, told The Canadian Press in an interview from Great Britain Monday.
He said his father was taken there last Wednesday after he began experiencing blackouts and was falling down.
"He was in hospital for three days before he died. So in the long term, he was in his own home up until three days before he died, which I think is pretty good," said Hayward Morse.
My main memory of Barry Morse (IMDB, Wiki, Official Site) was from the sci-fi television series Space:1999 as Professor Victor Bergman. His co-stars were Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, however Barry was the best actor of the lot. Whatever campy, and sometimes over-the-top scenes, were thrown his way he brought believability to the role - he sold it to the audience.
Professor Bergman was always the voice of reason, the voice of scientific rationality compared to Commander Koenig's (Martin Landau) hotheaded - "kill it" mentality. How very familiar.
Space: 1999 was one of my favorite shows when I was growing up. The series began broadcasting after the glory days of Apollo and during the not-so-brilliant days of Skylab.
It was the TV drug of choice. It was my "mission control" fix.
And Barry Morse was my dealer.