Bernie Hamilton

Best known for his portrayal of station boss Captain Harold C. Dobey on the 1970s television hit, "Starsky and Hutch", Bernie Hamilton first discovered his love for acting while attending Oakland Technical high school ... Read more »
Born: 06/11/1928 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Starsky and Hutch 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bucktown 1974 (Movie)

Harley (Actor)

Escape 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Hammer 1972 (Movie)

Davis (Actor)

Scream Blacula Scream 1972 (Movie)

Ragman (Actor)

Me and Benjy 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Organization 1970 (Movie)

Lieutenant Jessop (Actor)

The Losers 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lost Man 1969 (Movie)

Reggie Page (Actor)

The Swimmer 1968 (Movie)

Chaffeur (Actor)

Sullivan's Empire 1966 (Movie)

Amando (Actor)

One Potato, Two Potato 1964 (Movie)

Frank Richards (Actor)

Synanon 1964 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Captain Sinbad 1963 (Movie)

Quinius (Actor)

13 West Street 1962 (Movie)

Negro (Actor)

The Devil at 4 O'Clock 1961 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Underworld, U.S.A. 1961 (Movie)

Investigator (Actor)

Let No Man Write My Epitaph 1960 (Movie)

Goodbye George (Actor)

The Young One 1959 (Movie)

Travers (Actor)

Mysterious Island 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Clear and Present Danger (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger on the Run (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Best known for his portrayal of station boss Captain Harold C. Dobey on the 1970s television hit, "Starsky and Hutch", Bernie Hamilton first discovered his love for acting while attending Oakland Technical high school in California. With him at school was his older brother Chico, who would later become an influential jazz drummer. Hamilton's first break came when he was cast as a baseball player in "The Jackie Robinson Story". After playing several black stereotypes in the 1950s, Hamilton landed his first artistically rewarding role as a wisecracking jazz musician in Luis Buñuel's 1960 film, "The Young One". His newfound reputation as a talented dramatic actor led to Hamilton's most challenging character of his career: the black husband to a white woman in the emotionally charged and controversial 1964 drama, "One Potato, Two Potato". After he became a household name wrangling two notoriously reckless cops on "Starsky and Hutch", Hamilton only acted occasionally while producing R&B, gospel, and blues music through his record label, Chocolate Snowman. He even released an album featuring his own singing, titled "Captain Dobey Sings the Blues". In 1985, Hamilton retired from acting and focused on operating his Sunset Boulevard nightclub, Citadel d'Haiti, until his death in 2008.

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