Another really sad one for me, actor Robert Dowdell passed away on January 23, 2018, at the age of 85.
Bob Dowdell was best known as Lt. Cmdr. Chip Morton, Executive Officer of the submarine Seaview on the classic TV series VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.
As Morton, Dowdell was truly the "rock" of the Seaview crew. He was that dedicated, focused, and unshakable presence, throughout the Seaview's four TV seasons of incredible adventures.
This, in contrast with Admiral Nelson (Richard Basehart) who sometimes exhibited questionable judgement and sanity - and often kept it from his crew, and Captain Crane (David Hedison) who was prone to outbursts of "William Shatner-Level" intensity.
Be it Communist spies, gigantic sea creatures, or Shadowmen from Centauri...
...Chip Morton was unaffected by it all, and could always be counted on to set course, depth, and speed, organize a search party, and prepare the Flying Sub for immediate launch!
...He did have that one "way-overly emotional moment" during "Deadly Amphibians" which seemed out of character (If you've seen it, you know what I mean!) - but, for only once in four years, I think we can forgive him that!
Prior to VOYAGE, Bob Dowdell co-starred with Jack Lord in the one-season western series STONEY BURKE!
Bob Dowdell in STONEY BURKE, solo and with the great Bruce Dern!
HERE is a list of Bob Dowdell's credits from IMDB.
And HERE is a tribute to him from ME-TV, that still runs Voyage each week!
Rest in Peace, Bob Dowdell, and thanks for "keeping it together" each week on my favorite sci-fi series!