Famous Persons Lost to HIV/AIDS- Dallas TV Shows-Dack Rambo & Timothy Murphy


The famous TV Series, Dallas has had at least 2 HIV/AIDS related deaths if you didn’t know.

Dack Rambo-His acting career spanned the 1970s and 1980s he made guest appearances on Marcus Welby, MD, House Calls, Wonder Woman, All My Children, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, and Murder, She Wrote and many more. His best known role was that of Jack Ewing, the wayward cousin to J.R. and Bobby on the hit television series Dallas.

While working on the soap opera Another World in 1991, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV. He quit the series shortly thereafter, and retired from acting. Rambo then publicly announced that he was HIV positive, and also revealed that he was bisexual.  Rambo died of AIDS complications on March 21, 1994 at the age of 54.

Timothy Patrick Murphy– best known for his role as “Mickey Trotter” on Dallas during the 1982–83 season. Murphy started his acting career as an adolescent in several television commercials and from there he went on to act in the 1978 mini-series Centennial and many other TV & movie roles. One of Murphy’s most substantial roles was in the 1984 feature film Sam’s Son, the film biography of the life of actor Michael Landon, in which he played the character of Gene Orowitz (the young Landon).

Murphy later contracted HIV and died of AIDS on December 6, 1988 in California. He once stated that he’d had an affair with the allegedly bisexual actor Brad Davis, who had AIDS and committed assisted suicide in 1991.  A sad footnote: His younger brother, Patrick Sean Murphy, was killed in the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001. We all watched Dallas and it still stands as a great evening soap drama.  Who shot JR remember?

Tom Thayer

info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Patrick_Murphy


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