Brett King, a prolific actor who starred in dozens of film and TV projects including 1951’s “Flying Leathernecks,” died Jan. 14 of leukemia in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 79.

A WWII fighter pilot who was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross, King worked extensively in Hollywood throughout the late 1940s and 1950s.

Co-starring with such stalwarts as John Wayne, Bette Davis, Van Johnson, and Robert Ryan, he was also featured in “Battleground” (1949) and “Yank in Korea.”

During the mid-1960s, King and his wife, Sharon, developed the Coral Sands Hotel, a popular resort in the Caribbean.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, he is survived by three daughters.

Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in King’s name be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1309 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401-3499, c/o Cindy Vanek, (561) 366-4100.

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