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Ed Kemmer 1920 - 2004
Nov. 13, 2004

Ed Kemmer, who played the heroic, steel-jawed Commander Buzz Corry on the popular 1950s children's science-fiction television program "Space Patrol" and later was a regular on numerous TV soap operas, Kemmer suffered a stroke Nov. 5, he was 84.

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ssociated Press:
LOS ANGELES - Actor Ed Kemmer, who played the intrepid Cmdr. Buzz Corry in the popular 1950s children's television show "Space Patrol" before becoming a regular on daytime soap operas, has died. He was 84.

Kemmer died Tuesday at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City after suffering a stroke on Nov. 5, family friend Jean-Noel Bassior told the Los Angeles Times.

"Space Patrol" chronicled the adventures of Corry, who fought intergalactic villains of the 30th century while flying around in his Terra V spacecraft with comic sidekick Cadet Happy.

The series, which also spawned a radio version, ran from 1950 to 1955 and was broadcast live on ABC as a weekly half-hour program.

Kemmer said he took the role seriously.

"I played it as straight as I could," he told the Columbus Dispatch in 1994. "You don't play down to children. A lot of shows make that mistake. Kids see through that right away."

Kemmer said the show was his most important work. "One engineer at NASA told me that he first got interested in space because of our show," Kemmer once said.

He later switched to playing bad guys with appearances on shows including "Perry Mason," "Gunsmoke" and "Maverick." He moved to New York in 1964 and spent the next 19 years starring regularly on soap operas such as "The Edge of Night," "As the World Turns," "All My Children" and "Guiding Light."

Kemmer spent 11 months in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II after his P-51 fighter plane was shot down over France in 1944. He and others in the POW camp staged plays, and after the war he studied acting.

Kemmer is survived by his wife of 35 years, former actress Fran Sharon, and three children.

HIGH ADVENTURE IN THE WILD REACHES OF SPACE…
MISSIONS OF DARING IN THE NAME OF INTERPLANETARY JUSTICE!
TRAVEL INTO THE FUTURE WITH BUZZ CORRY…
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF…
THE SPACE PATROL!

 

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