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Jack Hogan, ‘Combat!’ Star, Dead at 94

Jack Hogan, ‘Combat!’ Star, Dead at 94

Jack Hogan, the veteran actor renowned for his role as PFC William G. Kirby in the WWII drama series Combat!, has died. Hogan passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Dec. 6 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Born Richard Roland Benson, Jr., Hogan obtained his pilot’s license at the early age of 16. Following graduation, he served as a staff sergeant in Japan during the Korean War. During this time, he accumulated four years of military service.

After the war, Hogan transitioned to Hollywood. He initially worked as a lifeguard at the Beverly Hills Hotel before delving into acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Remembering Classic TV Icon Jack Hogan

Jack Hogan’s onscreen journey kicked off with an uncredited role in the 1956 film Man From Del Rio, featuring Anthony Quinn. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he made guest appearances on various television series, including Dr. Christian, The Rough Riders, Sea Hunt, Tombstone Territory, and more.

His filmography included notable works like The Bonnie Parker Story (1958), Paratroop Command (1959), The Legend of Tom Dooley (1959), and The Cat Burglar (1961).

Beyond his acting career, Hogan contributed to the casting department of Magnum, P.I. from 1981 to 1983. His multifaceted life included achievements as a lifeguard, pilot, and military veteran — he embodied a rich and varied professional career.

Jack Hogan is survived by his nephew Kipland Howard, ex-wife Joyce Nizzari, daughter Tehani Hogan, son West Hogan, granddaughter Kai, and grandson Skyler.