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RIP Martin Milner

Martin_Milner_2 Carlsbad, Calif.–Martin Milner, whose wholesome good looks helped make him the star of two hugely popular 1960s TV series, “Route 66” and “Adam-12,” has died at his home here Sept. 6. He was 83.

Longtime MSTies will remember his performance as Lyle Kingman in the movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.

His AP obit is here.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

21 Replies to “RIP Martin Milner”

  1. Chuck says:

    William Castle’s 13 Ghosts

    R.I.P.

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  2. snowdog says:

    I had an Adam-12 lunch box as a kid. RIP, sir.

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  3. Uhh, I just met a girl named Uhh says:

    For anyone who’s an Adam-12 fan, there’s a blog that recaps every episode. Hopefully, they’ll post their tribute soon. You can find it at:

    http://lincolnxrayida.blogspot.com/

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  4. MSTie says:

    We girls thought Kent McCord was dreamy in Adam-12, Martin Milner… not so much. But he was a fine actor. I also highly recommend Castle’s 13 Ghosts for a fun, cheesy flick. Oh, I wish Mike & the ‘bots had gotten hold of that one!

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  5. Mattfire64 says:

    Wow, I literally just watched an episode of Route 66 earlier this afternoon too, eerie…

    RIP Martin Milner, I consider Route 66 to be one of the best and most underrated drama series not only of the 60s, but of all time.

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  6. Kenneth Morgan says:

    One of the best “Adam 12” episodes is “Elegy for a Pig”, and Milner did a fine job narrating the story, particularly the closing moments.

    And I just heard that another of my generation’s TV icons also passed away: Judy Carne from “Laugh-In” passed on Sept. 3rd.

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  7. Lee says:

    Back in late 2001, I saw him in two movies a few weeks apart: 13 Ghosts and Valley of the Dolls.

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  8. dafs says:

    He wasn’t in Catalina Caper?

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  9. VeryDisturbing says:

    He was also in the classic Twilight Zone episode ‘Mirror Image’, in which a lady sees her double in a bus station.

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  10. Pete says:

    Chuck:
    William Castle’s 13 Ghosts

    R.I.P.

    I watched this yesterday with the kids on dvd with the “Ghost Visor”. I did meet him once back in the 90’s at one of those Hollywood shows you find at the local hotel. RIP Martin.

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  11. littleaimishboy says:

    Route 66 was a great show. Frequently darker than you might think a 1960-64 TV show would be.

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  12. HylianTom says:

    He wasn’t in Catalina Caper, but there were several jokes about him in that episode. Whenever I see him on TV, I love doing the “he’s not my son, y’know.. he’s Marty Milner’s kid” line in the effeminate father’s voice. (He was also in a great Twilight Zone episode about a woman in a bus station who kept seeing her doppelgänger: Mirror Image.)

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  13. Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy says:

    That photo above of Milner in uniform is just so very Mike Nelson.

    It really is.

    R.I.P., Marty. I will keep an eye out for your twinner the next time I am at a Greyhound bus station. Easily one of the most disturbing TZ episodes.

    Your double was smirking evil incarnate.

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  14. Brandon says:

    I add my voice to those mourning Malloy’s death. I loved his turn on The Twilight Zone, and of course his work on Route 66 and Adam-12.

    Incidentally, the origin of the plot of “Mirror Image” is creepy just by itself: “Creator Rod Serling claimed to have gotten the idea for ‘Mirror Image’ following an encounter at an airport. Serling noticed a man at the other side of the terminal who wore the same clothes and carried the same suitcase as himself; Serling considered what would happen if the man turned around and was revealed to be a duplicate.”

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  15. Captain Cab says:

    Very good straight man actor, he’ll be missed. Playing the “every day reliable guy” can’t be as easy as it looks. Last I checked MeTV was playing Adam 12 in the afternoons next to Emergency and Route 66 late Sunday nights unless their roster changed again. Some of those shows change hands a lot between the other classic syndication channels. Too many classic TV actors passing away this year.

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  16. Goshzilla says:

    I find it always bears mentioning when Route 66 comes up that the show is directly responsible for the existence of Manos. They were filming in El Paso (Route 66 always shot on location in the town that episode was set.), and Hal Warren – who had been involved in the local theater community – got himself a small walk-on role. He somehow managed to have lunch with Route 66’s creator and successful Hollywood screenwriter Sterling Syliphant (presumably in his capacity as member of the Chamber of Commerce) and the two made a bet that Hal couldn’t just “go make a movie.” The rest is history.

    Brandon: Incidentally, the origin of the plot of “Mirror Image” is creepy just by itself: “Creator Rod Serling claimed to have gotten the idea for ‘Mirror Image’ following an encounter at an airport. Serling noticed a man at the other side of the terminal who wore the same clothes and carried the same suitcase as himself…

    In the ’50s and early ’60s, wasn’t the probability of that happening in a crowded place almost 100%?

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  17. Into The Void says:

    Mattfire64:
    Wow, I literally just watched an episode of Route 66 earlier this afternoon too, eerie…

    I know the feeling. About a week ago I (sort of) bad-mouthed genre director, Wes Craven, at another forum …not exactly bad-mouthing him, per se, as he’s always seemed like an interesting, astute fellow when I’ve seen him giving interviews. But aside from a few of his renown, early genre offerings, I was never much of a fan of his stuff …and in particular, I cited the Scream franchise as being awful. I’ve never understood the mass appeal of those, self-referential or not, and other than just a few classic ’70s and ’80s slasher films, rarely have any interest or tolerance for them.

    The day after, we’re in the car, and over the radio is announced, Wes Craven has died. Like ya said, it gives one an eerie feeling.

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  18. Goshzilla says:

    You want an eerie feeling? July 1st, maybe June 30th, 1997. My friend and I were chatting about movies and he wondered aloud why Jimmy Stewart hadn’t been in any movies in so long. There must be some roles for America’s most beloved actor, even in his 80s. “Isn’t Jimmy Stewart dead?” said I. “Is he?” “I think so.”

    :-(( Oops.

    Some advice: Never EVER assume someone you admire is dead. Life was hard before the interweb.

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  19. Ray Dunakin says:

    As previously mentioned, there were several riffs in “Catalina Caper” about a character who bore a strong resemblance to a young Milner. Then there was the aircraft mechanic in “San Francisco International Airport”, whose resemblance to an older Milner was riffed.

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  20. radioman970 says:

    another huge fan as a kid of “one Adam 12” ..I was little, thought that was the name of the show. I used to get him mixed up with De Soto from Emergency!, thought they were the same guy. I was 4 or 5 when I started watch those. Saddened by this death. Glad he lived so long. 83 is good.

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  21. Uhh, I just met a girl named Uhh says:

    Uhh, I just met a girl named Uhh:
    For anyone who’s an Adam-12 fan, there’s a blog that recaps every episode. Hopefully, they’ll post their tribute soon. You can find it at:

    http://lincolnxrayida.blogspot.com/

    They did finally post their tribute to Martin Milner:
    http://lincolnxrayida.blogspot.com/2015/09/log-744-end-of-watch.html

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