Actor Howard Dayton dies at 81

Feature credits include 'Sting,' 'Dinosaurs!'

Howard Dayton, a character actor who appeared in dozens of films and TV shows from the 1960s to the 1980s, died of pneumonia May 31 in Los Angeles. He was 81.

Born in Atlantic City, N.J., Dayton studied in New York and came to Hollywood in 1957.

His feature film credits include “The Sting,” “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice,” “Dinosaurus!,” “Paradise Alley,” “Captain Newman, M.D.” and “The Van.”

On television, he appeared in shows including “Cagney and Lacey,” “Mannix,” “Quincy M.E.,” “Tales From the Darkside” and “General Hospital.”

Dayton, who left no immediate survivors, spent his later years kibitzing with friends at Los Angeles’ Farmers Market.

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