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Don Galloway, actor on 'Ironside,' in 'Big Chill'

Don Galloway (rear right) was Detective Sergeant Ed Brown on the television show ''Ironside,'' starring Raymond Burr (front left), and co-starring Don Mitchell and Barbara Anderson. Don Galloway (rear right) was Detective Sergeant Ed Brown on the television show ''Ironside,'' starring Raymond Burr (front left), and co-starring Don Mitchell and Barbara Anderson. (NBCU PHOTO BANK)
By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times / January 17, 2009
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LOS ANGELES - Don Galloway, who portrayed a detective on the television series "Ironside" and later became a law-enforcement officer off-screen, has died. He was 71.

Mr. Galloway, who also had lived in New Hampshire and written a column for The Manchester Union Leader, died Thursday at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno after having a stroke, said a daughter, Jennifer. He had lived in Reno for about a year.

On the NBC drama, Mr. Galloway played Detective Sergeant Ed Brown, the primary sidekick of Raymond Burr's "Ironside" character, from 1967 to 1975. As research, Mr. Galloway spent time with Los Angeles Police Department officers and often wondered what it would be like to be a police officer, he later said.

In 1993, he became a reserve deputy for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, but left about a year later when he retired from show business, along with his agent, and they embarked on a lengthy cruise on a private yacht with their families.

Of his handful of big-screen roles, Mr. Galloway once said he most enjoyed playing the unsympathetic husband of JoBeth Williams's character in "The Big Chill" (1983). Although his screen time is brief, he delivers a pithy comment regarding how unimpressive he finds his wife's college friends.

After debuting on television in 1962 in the CBS soap opera "The Secret Storm," he appeared in about 70 TV and film projects in his 30-plus-years career. He starred in the mid-1960s NBC sitcom "Tom, Dick, and Mary" and also appeared in the 1966 film "The Rare Breed," which featured James Stewart.

Donald Poe Galloway was born in Augusta, Ky., to Paul Galloway, a contractor, and his wife, the former Malee Poe.

From 1955 to 1957, Mr. Galloway served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. At the University of Kentucky, he earned a bachelor's degree in drama in 1961, and headed for New York City. The next year, he appeared off-Broadway in "Bring Me Home a Warm Body," which led to TV roles.

When he retired from acting, Mr. Galloway said he was tired of how tough the business had become. He eventually moved to New Hampshire, where he wrote a weekly opinion column for the Union Leader for much of 2004.

An unabashed Libertarian, Mr. Galloway once described "the seven best sounds on Earth" in his column. On the list with a kitten purring and stew simmering was number seven: "A politician not talking. Hasn't happened lately, but could. Maybe. Probably not."

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