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Steve Forrest RIP

Steve Forrest, a.k.a. Lieutenant Dan “Hondo” Harrelson on the ’70s series S.W.A.T., has died at 87.

I was a huge fan as a kid. Four buddies and I would play S.W.A.T. every day of the summer, with each of us assuming the role of one of the five S.W.A.T. team members. I was TJ, the sharpshooter. (ASIDE: There was a sixth and seventh buddy in the neighborhood as well. They got stuck being the bad guy and the van driver, respectively.)

Here’s the S.W.A.T. opening, featuring one of the best TV theme songs ever. Performed by American funk band Rhythm Heritage.

Forrest also starred in one of my favorite hour-long Twilight Zone (Season 4) episodes entitled The Parallel.

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