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Lee Patterson
Lee Patterson Surfside 6 1962.JPG
Patterson as Dave Thorne in Surfside 6 (1962)
Born(1929-03-31)March 31, 1929
DiedFebruary 14, 2007(2007-02-14) (aged 77)
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1953–1994

Lee Patterson (March 31, 1929 – February 14, 2007)[2] was a Canadian film and television actor.

Life and career

Patterson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, as Beverley Frank Atherly Patterson. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design.

British career

He moved to the UK, where he specialised in playing virile American types in British films. He appeared in a number of films during the 1950s and 1960s, including The Good Die Young (1954), Above Us the Waves (1955), Reach for the Sky (1956), The Key Man (1957), Time Lock (1957) The Golden Disc (1958), Jack the Ripper (1959) and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960). He left but returned to the UK to appear in the play version of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial at The Queen's Theatre in 1985.

American TV

After moving to the United States in the early 1960s, Patterson worked mainly in television. In 1960, he was cast in two episodes of the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series The Alaskans, starring Roger Moore. Patterson played Tom Kirk in the episode "Behind the Moon" and Jeff Warren in "Sign of the Kodiak", a reference to the Kodiak bear. Later that year, he was cast as the fictional detective Dave Thorne in another ABC/WB series, Surfside 6, set on a houseboat anchored at Miami Beach, Florida, which co-starred Van Williams, Troy Donahue, Diane McBain and Margarita Sierra.

He also appeared in 1965 on the fourth season of Combat! as an O.S.S Officer, Captain Howard in the episode "9 Place Vendee".

Early in 1966, Patterson appeared as Dan Thorne in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Midnight Howler".

Later career

Patterson was one of the handful of prime time and film performers to appear in daytime serials prior to 1970. His first soap opera role was that of Brad Kiernan in ABC's The Nurses. After that show was cancelled in 1967, he joined the original cast of One Life to Live, a move that reunited him with Doris Quinlan, the producer of The Nurses.

Patterson remained in One Life to Live until 1970, when his character Joe Riley was presumed dead; he returned to the show in 1972 and remained the romantic lead until 1979, when he left due to his unhappiness with the direction the show took after Doris Quinlan left to produce NBC's troubled serial The Doctors. Patterson then joined the cast of NBC's Another World and Texas in the role of Dr. Kevin Cooke. The character began in Another World, but moved to Texas when that show began on August 4, 1980. He stayed until 1981, when the show was revamped to bring up its poor ratings against the number-one daytime program, ABC's General Hospital. Texas was cancelled in 1982. Patterson returned to One Life to Live as Joe's twin brother, Tom Dennison, from 1986 until 1988.

He also continued to make appearances in other television shows such as War and Remembrance, Magnum, P.I. and The A-Team, and appeared in movies including Chato's Land (1972) and Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). His last role was Sergeant Gaylor in the 1994 film Healer.


Patterson died in Galveston, Texas, of congestive heart failure with complications from lung cancer and emphysema, on 14 February 2007; he was aged 77. His death was not reported for nearly a year.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Soap Opera Digest, Vol. 32, No. 44, 30 October 2007, page 17.
  2. ^ "Fans Mourn Lee Patterson's (Joe Riley) Death". 2007-10-23. Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2007-10-26.

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