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Joseph Bassett

Joseph Bassett, a veteran character actor, died March 13 of heart failure following a long illness in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 83.

Bassett appeared primarily in TV westerns such as “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza.”

He also acted in stage productions of “The Petrified Forest” and “Mr. Roberts,” and toured as part of the cast of “Born Yesterday.”

He is survived by his wife, actress Carol Hill, as well as a daughter, a son-in-law and a grandson.

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