Ron Randell

Ron Randell

LOS ANGELES - Ron Randell, an Australian-born actor whose long career included work in movies, television, radio and on Broadway, died here June 11 of complications following a stroke. He was 86. MSTies will remember him as the frustrated and largely incompetent police Lt. Ed James in episode 808- THE SHE-CREATURE.

Born in Sydney, Randell was 17 when he began a career in radio, and soon moved on to the theater. He arrived in Hollywood in the early 1940s, and got a major break with the lead role in 1946's "Smithy," about real-life Australian aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.

He went on to appear in dozens of films over the next 35 years including "Follow the Boys," "The Longest Day," "King of Kings" and "Kiss Me, Kate." He also made dozens of guest appearances on British and American TV shows, including "Bewitched," "Mission: Impossible," "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke." He also starred in a well-remembered episode of "The Outer Limits," "The Duplicate Man."

His TV and movie career wound down in the 1970s, but he continued to work in the theater, including Broadway productions as "Bent" and "The World of Susie Wong."

Randell is survived by his wife of 48 years, actress Laya Raki.