Veteran actor KEVIN HAGEN died on Saturday (09JUL05) from esophageal cancer. He was 77.

Hagen passed away at his home in Grants Pass, Oregon after battling the disease for a year.

He started his acting career in US TV series DRAGNET and went on to star opposite movie legend James Stewart in 1965 movie SHENANDOAH.

But he will be remembered most for leaving behind a string of bad guy roles in Westerns including RAWHIDE and GUNSMOKE to become the kindly DR HIRAM BAKER in hit US TV drama Little House On The Prairie.

12/07/2005 09:15