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'Blue Velvet' star George Dickerson dies at 81

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

George Dickerson, who played police detective John Williams in David Lynch's bizarre crime drama 'Blue Velvet', has died. He was 81.

His son and Finnish film writer-director Dome Karukoski, announced on

Dickerson, who also had a recurring role as Police Commander Swanson in the first season of the acclaimed 1980s NBC cop drama 'Hill Street Blues', died on January 10 after a long illness, Karukoski said.

Before turning to acting, Dickerson worked as a magazine writer, poet, editor and playwright.

Dickerson had been living in New York.

His son's 'Heart of a Lion' played at the recent Palm Springs International Film festival, and another of his features, 'The Grump', screened at the Film Festival in September.

First Published: Sun, January 18 2015. 12:55 IST