Martin Milner, star of the classic TV series Adam-12 and Route 66, has died at 83, the LAPD confirms.
The actor's iconic Adam-12 role in the late '60s and '70s is credited with inspiring many young people to seek careers in law enforcement, and the LAPD put up an Instagram remembering Milner, writing, "Pete Malloy you are End Of Watch... #RIP Actor Martin Milner 12/28/1931 - 09/07/2015."
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Several police officials have also spoken out in light of Milner's death.
"Adam 12 and Martin Milner embodied the spirit of the LAPD to millions of viewers," said LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck in a statement. "His depiction of a professional and tough yet compassionate cop led to thousands of men and women applying to become LAPD officers, including me. Godspeed Martin, you will live forever in our hearts."
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"Martin Milner, in his role on Jack Webb's inspiring television series, Adam 12 portrayed the LAPD at its best," said Deputy Chief Beatrice Girmala in a statement. "He honored police officers in every episode, by demonstrating with professionalism and poignancy life on the beat."
"I know Mr. Milner made a huge impression on many serving in the ranks today," she continued. "I know he did so for me. His wonderful legacy will live on in our hearts as well as on television throughout the world."
Milner is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith Bess "Judy" Jones, as well as his daughter, Molly, and his sons, Stuart, and Andrew. Their daughter, Amy, who appeared in Adam-12, died of leukemia in 2004.