This Article is From Jan 18, 2015

Blue Velvet Star George Dickerson Dies at 81

Blue Velvet Star George Dickerson Dies at 81

George Dickerson and Laura Dern in a still from Blue Velvet

New York:

Actor George Dickerson, popular for playing police detective John Williams in the 1986 film Blue Velvet, died at the age of 81.

Mr Dickerson's son, writer-director Dome Karukoski, announced the news on his official Facebook page.

According to Mr Karukoski, Mr Dickerson passed away on January 10 after a long illness. He had been living here.

Mr Dickerson played a recurring role as Police Commander Swanson in the first season of the acclaimed 1980s cop drama Hill Street Blues.

Before turning to acting, Mr Dickerson worked as a magazine writer, poet, editor and playwright; was a United Nations diplomat in Lebanon; and served as a speechwriter for US Congressman Robert Steele.

Mr Dickerson also appeared in the films Psycho II, No Mercy, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown and A Stranger in the Kingdom.

He was also a part of the TV series The Incredible Hulk, Little House on the Prairie, Miami Vice, Hunter, Three's Company, Father Murphy, Sledge Hammer! and LA Law.