Actor Rick Jason, who played the tough World War II platoon leader Lt. Gil Hanley on the 1960s TV series “Combat!” was found dead at his home in Moorpark, Calif. of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 74.
Jason’s body was found Oct. 17 by his wife, Cindy. He left no note, but authorities said the actor was despondent over unspecified personal matters.
Jason, a New York City native who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, had attended a “Combat!” reunion in October in Las Vegas to meet fans and see fellow cast members.
“Combat!” followed a U.S. Army platoon as it fought its way across Europe after the Allied invasion. The series (1962-67) also starred Vic Morrow, who died in a 1982 filming accident on the set of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”
Jason’s other TV credits included the 1956 comedy “The Fountain of Youth,” the 1960 crime series “The Case of Dangerous Robin” and a recurring role in 1973 on the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless.”
The actor guested on such TV shows as “Murder, She Wrote” and “Matt Houston.” After moving from Los Angeles to Moorpark, in Ventura County north of Los Angeles, Jason continued to do voiceover work for commercials.