Malachi Throne, Dennis Burkley and Ed Lauter were among the great character actors.
Throne is best remembered as Noah Bain on “It Takes a Thief.” He appeared on “The Big Valley,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Melrose Place” and “The West Wing.” He died at 84 of lung cancer March 13.
Burkley was the big tough guy who usually was typecast as a biker or trucker and fought in barroom brawls. He appeared as a wrestler in “Starsky & Hutch,” as Cal Pettie in “Sanford,” was the impound owner in “My Name Is Earl” and provided the voice to Principal Moss on “King of the Hill.” He died at 67 on July 14.
Lauter usually appeared in roles of authority. He was a sheriff on “The A-Team,” a doctor on “The Streets of San Francisco,” a sheriff on “B.J. and the Bear,” a general on “Golden Years” and a fire captain on “ER.” He died Oct. 16 at age 74.