He directed hundreds of episodes of shows including "The Waltons," "The Rockford Files," "Magnum, P.I." and "In the Heat of the Night." But Ivan Dixon will be remembered most for his role as Staff Sergeant James Kinchloe on the 60's TV series "Hogan Heroes."
His daughter says Dixon died Sunday at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, after a hemorrhage and of complications from kidney failure. Dixon was 76.
Dixon's credits predate "Hogan Heroes." He was a stunt double for Sidney Poitier in the 1958 movie "The Defiant Ones." Poitier said in a statement that you had to be careful working with Dixon because he "was quite likely to walk off with the scene."
Dixon began his acting career on Broadway in plays including "A Raisin in the Sun." On film, his credits include "Something of Value," "Nothing But a Man" and the cult favorite "Car Wash."
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