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George Dickerson, ‘Blue Velvet’ Actor, Dies at 81

18 January 2015 9:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor George Dickerson, who played police detective John Williams in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet,” has died, his son Dome Karukoski announced in a Facebook post. He was 81.

According to Karukoski, Dickerson died Jan. 10 after battling a long illness. He was living in New York.

Dickerson, who was also known for a recurring role as Police Commander Swanson on the first season of NBC’s “Hill Street Blues,” starred alongside Kyle MacLachlan in “Blue Velvet.” MacLachlan played a college student who brought a severed ear to Dickerson’s character. Laura Dern played Detective John Williams’ daughter in the crime drama.

Before acting, Dickerson has a versatile writing career, working as a poet, magazine writer, playwright and editor. He also served as a speechwriter for U.S. Congressman Robert Steele, and as a United Nations diplomat in Lebanon.

After a bout of writers block, Dickerson turned to acting, first having roles in off-Broadway plays. »

- Alex Stedman

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