Lionel Decker

Lionel Decker, longtime character actor with numerous legit, film and TV credits, died of lung cancer May 20 at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, Calif. He was 78.

After his Navy service in the North Atlantic and Pacific arenas during WWII, Decker began his acting career with roles on such early live TV series as “Armstrong Circle Theater,” “Dupont Theater,” “General Electric Theater” and “The United States Steel Hour.”

He went on to appear in guest roles on several TV series including “Little House on the Prairie,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Hill Street Blues” and “L.A. Law.”

A New Jersey native, Decker had a bicoastal career in theater. Affiliated with SAG, AFTRA and Equity, he most recently appeared in Tim Burton’s film “Ed Wood.”

Decker is survived by his wife, Erika Wain, and a daughter.

Family requests donations be made to City of Hope in his name.

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