A former army soldier and conductor of Long Island Rail Road, Dobson began his acting career in the late 1960s, first appearing on shows like “One Life to Live,” “The Doctors ”,“ The Mod Squad ”,“ Emergency! ” and “Cannon”. His first major role came on “Kojak”, where he played Detective Bobby Crocker, the lead role of opposite star Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theo Kojak. The show aired for five seasons on CBS from 1973 to 1978, and Dobson reunited with the cast for the 1990 TV movie “Kojak: It’s Always Something.”
Dobson joined the cast of the prime-time soap “Knots Landing” during its fourth season in 1982. He played Marion Patrick “Mack” MacKenzie, the love interest and future husband of star character Michele Lee Karen. MacKenzie. He was one of the main actors of the series until its cancellation in 1993 after 14 seasons. He and the cast reunited for a miniseries called “Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac” in 1997. For his role, he won five Soap Opera Digest Awards throughout his career.
He has appeared on several other soap operas, such as “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Judge Devin Owens from 2006 to 2007 and “Days of Our Lives” as Mickey Horton in 2008. His other credits include “House of Lies” , “Hawaii Five -0” and “Anger Management”.
Dobson is survived by his wife Susan and their three children.