Actor, writer Michael Blodgett dies at 68

Starred in cult film 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls'

Michael Blodgett, who starred in the 1970 film “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and wrote novels and screenplays, died Nov. 14 in Los Angeles of an apparent heart attack. He was 68.

Blogett got his start as the mod host of Los Angeles pop music TV show “Groovy” and then hosted talkshow “The Michael Blodgett Show” where he interviewed actors, musicans and comedians.

In addition to appearing as Lance Rocke in the X-rated cult pic “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” directed by Russ Meyer and written by Roger Ebert, he appeared in Western “There Was a Crooked Man” and “The Velvet Vampire.”

He turned to writing novels in the 1970s, some of which were turned into films.

His novels include bestseller “Captain Blood,” ‘Hero and the Terror,” which became a 1988 Chuck Norris movie co-written with Dennis Shyrack.

Blodgett and also co-wrote the screenplays for the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy “Turner & Hooch” and the 1987 Burt Reynolds action movie “Rent-a-Cop.”

Blodgett adapted his novel “The White Raven” for the the 1998 WWII action pic and wrote the screenplay for 1991 mob pic “Run.”

Born in Minneapolis, Blodgett attended the U. of Minnesota and acted in his hometown before moving to Los Angeles.

He was married three times, including to actress Meredith Baxter. He is survived by three daughters.

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