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Norman Jay Rambo (November 13, 1941 – March 21, 1994), professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan's grandson Jeff in the series The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Steve Jacobi in the soap opera All My Children, as cousin Jack Ewing on Dallas, and as Grant Harrison on the soap opera Another World.

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Dack Rambo in Dirty Sally (1974)
Norman Jay Rambo

(1941-11-13)November 13, 1941
DiedMarch 21, 1994(1994-03-21) (aged 52)
Resting placeNorth Kern Cemetery
Other namesDack Rambeau
Norman "Dack" Rambo
Norman Rambo
Years active1962–1991, 1993

Early lifeEdit

Norman Jay Rambo (aka Dack Rambo) was born in Earlimart, California to William Lester (1904–1985) and Beatrice A. Rambo (nėe Rossi 1910–2002). Dack was a middle child in a family of four. Siblings: William Donald Rambo (1933–2011); identical twin Orman Ray “Dirk” Rambo (1941-1967); and sister Beverly Jean Rambo (b. 1944). Beatrice Rambo outlived two of her three sons.[1][2]


After moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, the 20-year-old twins were discovered by actress Loretta Young in 1962 and cast in her CBS series The New Loretta Young Show.[3] On February 5, 1967, Dirk Rambo was killed in a road accident at the age of 25.[4]

Later that same year, Dack Rambo landed the role of Jeff Sonnett on The Guns of Will Sonnett and co-starred in the short-lived Gunsmoke spin-off Dirty Sally, with Jeanette Nolan. During the 1970s and 1980s, he made guest appearances on Marcus Welby, M.D., House Calls, Wonder Woman, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel and Murder, She Wrote. He played Steve Jacobi on All My Children in the early 1980s. He also acted the lead role in Sword of Justice, which lasted for 10 installments in 1978-79. Rambo may be best remembered on television for playing Jack Ewing in 51 episodes of the soap opera Dallas from 1985 to 1987. Rambo also played Wesley Harper on the 1984 short-lived TV series soap opera Paper Dolls.

While working on Another World, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV in August 1991. He quit the series shortly thereafter and retired from acting. Rambo then made his HIV infection and his bisexuality public, revealing that he had been in a lot of relationships with both men and women since his 20s.[3]


Dack Rambo died on March 21, 1994 at the age of 52 of complications from AIDS.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1962–1963 The New Loretta Young Show Peter Massey 26 episodes
1965 Never Too Young Tim 16 episodes
1967 The Iron Horse Lieutenant Shelby Episode: "Sister Death"
Credited as Norman Rambo
1967–1969 The Guns of Will Sonnett Jeff Sonnett 50 episodes
1970 Which Way to the Front? Terry Love
1970–1971 Gunsmoke Cyrus Pike 3 episodes
1971 The Man and the City Holland Jr. Episode: "Disaster on Turner Street"
1971 Cannon Bryan Gibson Episode: "Stone, Cold Dead"
1973 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Don Episode: "Sweet Harvest"
1974 Dirty Sally Cyrus Pike 13 episodes
1974 Nightmare Honeymoon David Webb
1974 Hit Lady Doug Reynolds TV movie
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Episodes: "Dark Fury" (Parts 1 & 2)
1975 The Rookies Tommy Locke Episode: "Angel"
1977 Good Against Evil Andy Stuart TV movie
1977 Wonder Woman Andros Episodes: " Mind Stealers from Outer Space" (Parts 1 & 2)
1977 Tabitha Ted Episode: "Tabitha's Triangle"
1978 A Double Life Jack Cole TV movie
1978–1979 Sword of Justice Jack Cole 10 episodes
1978–1986 Fantasy Island Captain Timothy Black / Carl Wagner / Mike O'Brien / Captain Rawlins / Prince Peter d'Anatoli 6 episodes
1979–1986 The Love Boat Boyd Hughes / Alan Marciano / Peter Welch 3 episodes
1980 Waikiki Ronnie Television movie
1980 Charlie's Angels Steve Episode: "Angel in Hiding"
1981 House Calls Episode: "All About Adam"
1981 Rich and Famous Kent Uncredited
1982–1983 All My Children Steve Jacobi 7 episodes
1983–1987 Hotel Various 3 episodes
1984 The Mississippi Episode: "Wheels of Justice"
1984 No Man's Land Connell TV movie
1984 Paper Dolls Wesley Harper 13 episodes
1984–1990 Murder, She Wrote Various 3 episodes
1985–1987 Dallas Jack Ewing 51 episodes
1987 Shades of Love: Lilac Dream Matt Direct-to-video release
1988 Lonely Knights Brad Moore TV movie
1988 Hunter Deputy D.A. Jason Leffler Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
1989 The Spring Andy
1989 Highway to Heaven Larry Nichols Episode: "The Source"
1990 Murder, She Wrote Arnold Alternative title: "Fixer Upper"
1990 Ultra Warrior Kenner Alternative title: Welcome to Oblivion
1990 River of Diamonds John Tregard
1990–1991 Another World Grant Harrison 14 episodes, (final appearance)


  1. ^ According to California Birth Index, 1905-1995 at
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed May 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Lipton, Michael A. (1992-05-11). "Dack Rambo's Brave New World". People. 37 (18).
  4. ^ "Dack Rambo dead". Variety. March 22, 1994. Retrieved October 17, 2007.
  5. ^ "A Bold Last Act". People. 41 (12). April 4, 1994.

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