Jared Martin, who played Dusty Farlow on the iconic TV series Dallas, died on May 24 at age 75. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.
Martin’s son, Christian Martin, confirmed the sad news to The Hollywood Reporter. He said his father, who also appeared in Scarface director Brian De Palma’s first movie, died at his home in Philadelphia.
Martin’s most famous role was as rodeo cowboy Dusy Farlow, who seduced Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray). He joined Dallas in season three in 1979 and became known as “Lusty Dusty” among fans of the show. He was famously killed in a plane crash, only to be revived when the producers figured out that he was still popular. He was even considered a candidate for the murderer of J.R.!
The producers had Dusty survive the plane crash and was paralyzed from the waist down. That didn’t stop the character from suddenly regaining the ability to rodeo.
Martin played Dusty until 1991, appearing in 34 episodes of Dallas.
Martin was born in New York City and his father was a cartoonist for The New Yorker. He first earned a degree from Putney School in Vermont, then went back to New York. While studying at Columbia University, Martin’s roommate was De Palma, who would cast Martin in his first film, 1968’s Murder a la Mod. His other film credits include Westworld, The Lonely Lady and Twin Sitters.
On television, Martin appeared in countless hows between the 1970s and early 1990s. He was seen in episodes of How The West Was Won, Shaft, Columbo, The Six Million Dollar Man, Fantasy Island, CHiPs, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, Murder, She Wrote, One Life to Live and War of the Wolds.
Martin is survived by his son, Christian Martin, his third wife Yu Wei and grandchildren Charlie and Emilia. Christian currently works as a general manger for video at SiriusXM, while his wife Liz Cole is a Dateline NBC producer. Martin was previously married to Nancy Fales from 1963 to 1977 and Carol Vogel from 1979 to 1984.
“Most of my scenes have been in the bedroom with Linda Gray,” Martin told People Magazine in 1981. “What the hell — it’s a living.”