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Charles Hallahan

Charles Hallahan, a prolific character actor who leaves behind a long list of feature, TV and legit credits, died Nov. 25 of an apparent heart attack while driving in L.A. He was 54.

Hallahan is perhaps best remembered as police Capt. Charlie Devane on the 1980s TV series “Hunter,” which starred Fred Dryer.

Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Hallahan graduated from Rutgers and later earned a master’s from Temple U. in 1971.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1977, he embarked on a prolific acting career in which he appeared in 28 feature films, more than 20 TV and cable movies and nearly 200 TV episodes.

Feature credits include “Going in Style,” “Silkwood,” “The Thing,” “Pale Rider” and “Dave.” More recently he appeared in “Executive Decision,” “The Fan,” “Space Jam” and “Dante’s Peak.”

During the last 20 years, Hallahan appeared in more than 64 stage productions including the role of R.P. Murphy in the longrunning production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in San Francisco.

Additional legit credits include “Equus,” “Peer Gynt” and “The Threepenny Opera.”

Hallahan toured the Soviet Union in 1976, playing roles in Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms” and Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.”

He also appeared on such TV shows as “Lou Grant,” “Trapper John, M.D.,” “Hill Street Blues” and “The Paper Chase.”

He spent last summer at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder, playing Dogberry in “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Hallahan received numerous acting awards, including three Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Awards.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons; his mother; and three brothers.

A memorial service will be at noon Saturday at the Canon Theater, 205 N. Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.

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