Martin Milner died on Sunday at his home in Carlsbad, Calif., of heart failure. In 1960 Milner and George Maharis starred in the popular TV program "Route 66". The two were cast as single men driving from town to town and state to state in a Corvette convertible trying to find themselves. The program run four years on CBS. In 1968, Milner returned to television as patrol Officer Peter Joseph "Pete" Malloy in the Jack Webb-produced police drama, ADAM 12. The series ran from 1968 to 1975.
Martin Sam Milner was born in Detroit on Dec. 28, 1931. His father, Sam, was a film distributor, and his mother, Mildred, known professionally as Jerre Martin, was a dancer with the Paramount Theater circuit. The family soon moved to Seattle and then to Los Angeles, where Martin’s movie career began in his early teens. Milner was also known for his roles as a jazz guitarist in the brilliant 1957 film “Sweet Smell of Success” and in the 1967 camp classic “Valley of the Dolls.”
After he stopped acting, he co-hosted a radio show in Southern California, “Let’s Talk Hook Up,” about freshwater and saltwater fishing, for a number of years. In the early 1970s he bought a 24-acre avocado farm where he lived with his family. Besides his wife, his survivors include a daughter, Molly Decroce; two sons, Stuart and Andrew; and four grandchildren. Another daughter, Amy, died of leukemia in 2004.
Route 66 TV Theme Song
Adam-12 Season 6 TV Intro (1973)
Route 66-Somehow it Gets to Be Tomorrow (Full episode)