Bernie Hamilton Dies From Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiac Arrest

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Bernie Hamilton's life has been claimed as the result of complications from congestive heart failure and cardiac arrest. Bernie Hamilton is best known for his role as the serious police captain from the 1970's TV series, Starsky and Hutch.

Bernie Hamilton was best known for his role on Starsky and Hutch, though he made multiple appearances as a guest of multiple television series. In addition, Bernie Hamilton produced R&B and gospel music, under the record label Chocolate Snowman.


Bernie Hamilton appeared in over 20 films, including "The Swimmer," "Walk the Walk" and "The Organization." He played football and became involved in acting after running away from home as a teenager, joining the Oakland Technical High School football team. During that time he lived in a garage.

According to Bernie Hamilton's son, Raoul Hamilton, the actor was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Tuesday, December 30, 2008.

Captain Dobey was the character played by Bernie Hamilton on Starsky and Hutch. His film career began in 1950. His role on Starsky and Hutch is remembered by most.

Congestive heart failure affects approximately 5 million people in the United States, and is the leading cause of hospitalizations among elders. Bernie Hamilton was 80 years old.