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Rick Dalton, the fictional star of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” has died at the age of 90. Dalton played the lead role in “Bounty Law”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which went on to spawn several minor western films and series. “Nebraska Jim” and “Tanner.”
Tarantino announced the character’s death via tweet. video archives, A podcast co-hosted by Roger Avery, the director and his “Pulp Fiction” co-writer.
“We are saddened by the news of the passing of Rick Dalton, actor best known for his roles in the hit TV series ‘Bounty Law’ and ‘The Fireman’ trilogy.”
The tweet gave additional details about Dalton’s history, saying that, “Rick passed away peacefully at his home in Hawaii and is survived by his wife, Francesca. RIP Rick Dalton 1933-2023.”
In the podcast, the pair revisit old “VHS classics” like “Moonraker,” “Star 80,” “Rodan” and more. In a followup tweet after the death announcement, the series promised to focus next episodes on some of Dalton’s favorite roles.
“Due to his passing, episodes of Rollerball have been postponed. Instead, we’ll be back on Tuesday with a memorable episode designed by Quentin, featuring some of Rick’s best appearances.”
Fingers crossed they actually go through with it.
The New Beverly Cinema, also owned and operated by Tarantino, expressed its condolences on the loss of Dalton, with a special marquee dubbing him “a wonderful actor”.
In the film, Dalton lived next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles. Together he and his stunt double/chauffeur Cliff Booth (played by Oscar winner Brad Pitt) are attacked by followers of Charles Manson and foil the real-life, gruesome murder in 1969.