Dack Rambo

Dack Rambo

Dack Rambo in Dirty Sally (1974)
Born Norman Jay Rambo
(1941-11-13)November 13, 1941
Earlimart, California, U.S.
Died March 21, 1994(1994-03-21) (aged 52)
Delano, California, U.S.
Cause of death Complications from AIDS
Resting place North Kern Cemetery
Other names Dack Rambeau
Norman "Dack" Rambo
Norman Rambo
Occupation Actor
Years active 19621991, 1993

Norman Jay Rambo (November 13, 1941  March 21, 1994), professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan's grandson Jeff in the ABC series The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Steve Jacobi in the ABC soap opera All My Children, as cousin Jack Ewing on CBS's Dallas, and as Grant Harrison on the NBC soap opera Another World.



Rambo was born in Earlimart, California, to William Lester Rambo (1904–1985) and Beatrice A. (nėe Rossi) Rambo (1910–2002). He had an elder brother, William Donald Rambo (1933–2011), a twin brother, Orman Ray Rambo (later known professionally as Dirk Rambo), and a younger sister Beverly Rambo (b 1944). Beatrice Rambo would survive two of her three sons.[1][2]

After moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, the twins were discovered by actress Loretta Young and cast in her CBS series, The New Loretta Young Show.[3] On 5 February 1967, Dirk was killed in a road accident.[4]

Subsequent career

Later that same year, Rambo landed the role of Jeff Sonnett on The Guns of Will Sonnett, and co-starred in the short-lived Gunsmoke spin-off, Dirty Sally, with Jeanette Nolan. During the 1970s and 1980s, he made guest appearances on Marcus Welby, M.D., House Calls, Wonder Woman, Charlie's Angels, All My Children, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, and Murder, She Wrote. He also acted out the lead role in Sword of Justice, which lasted for ten installments in 1978-79. He may be best remembered on television for playing Jack Ewing in the hit soap opera Dallas from 1985-87. He also played Wesley Harper on the 1984 short lived TV series soap opera Paper Dolls.


While working on Another World in 1991, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV. He quit the series shortly thereafter, and retired from acting. Rambo then publicly announced that he was HIV positive, and revealed that he was bisexual.[3]


Rambo died in 1994 at the age of 52 of complications from AIDS.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1962–1963 The New Loretta Young Show Peter Massey 26 episodes
1965 Never Too Young Tim Unknown episodes
1967 The Iron Horse Lieutenant Shelby Episode: "Sister Death"
Credited as Norman Rambo
1967–1969 The Guns of Will Sonnett Jeff Sonnett 50 episodes
1970 Which Way to the Front? Terry Love
1970–1971 Gunsmoke Cyrus Pike 3 episodes
1971 The Man and the City Holland, Jr. Episode: "Disaster on Turner Street"
1971 Cannon Bryan Gibson Episode: "Stone, Cold Dead"
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Don Episode: "Sweet Harvest"
1974 Dirty Sally Cyrus Pike 13 episodes
1974 Nightmare Honeymoon David Webb
1974 Hit Lady Doug Reynolds Television movie
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. 2 episodes
1975 The Rookies Tommy Locke Episode: "Angel:
1977 Good Against Evil Andy Stuart Television movie
1977 Wonder Woman Andros 2 episodes
1977 Tabitha Ted Episode: "Tabitha's Triangle"
1978 A Double Life Jack Cole Television movie
1978–1979 Sword of Justice Jack Cole 10 episodes
1978–1986 Fantasy Island Various 6 episodes
1979–1986 The Love Boat Various 3 episodes
1980 Waikiki Ronnie Television movie
1980 Charlie's Angels Steve Episode: "Angel in Hiding"
1981 House Calls Episode: "All About Adam"
1981 Rich and Famous Kent Uncredited
1982–1983 All My Children Steve Jacobi 7 episodes
1983–1987 Hotel Various 3 episodes
1984 No Man's Land Connell Television movie
1984 Paper Dolls Wesley Harper 13 episodes
1984–1990 Murder, She Wrote Various 3 episodes
1985–1987 Dallas Jack Ewing 51 episodes
1987 Shades of Love: Lilac Dream Matt Direct-to-video release
1988 Lonely Knights Brad Moore Television movie
1988 Hunter Deputy D.A. Jason Leffler Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
1989 The Spring Andy
1989 Highway to Heaven Larry Nichols Episode: "The Source"
1990 Ultra Warrior Kenner Alternative title: Welcome to Oblivion
1990–1991 Another World Grant Harrison 9 episodes


  1. According to California Birth Index, 1905-1995 at ancestry.com
  2. Profile, FamilyTreeLegends.com; accessed May 16, 2016.
  3. 1 2 Lipton, Michael A. (1992-05-11). "Dack Rambo's Brave New World". People. 37 (18).
  4. "Dack Rambo dead". Variety. March 22, 1994. Retrieved October 17, 2007.
  5. "A Bold Last Act". People. 41 (12). April 4, 1994.

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