LOS ANGELES – Actor Abby Dalton, best known for her role as Julia Cumson in “Falcon Crest,” died last week at the age of 88.
The Emmy-nominated star began starring in “Rock All Night,” a 1957 film about a group of hostages captured by two criminals at a club. She plays Julie, a singer locked in a club who was one of the main characters.
Dalton went on to work with Roger Corman, who directed and produced “Rock All Night” on several other projects, including “Teenage Doll” and “Stakeout on Dope Street.”
She also starred in “The Joey Bishop Show” and “The Jonathan Winters Show,” and both saw Dalton take on the role of the wife of the titular actors.
In the 70s and 80s, the actor decorated TV and movie screens. She played Ann Fields in 1976 in “Whale of a Fairy Tale” and starred in the 1989 film “Roller Blade Warriors: Taken by Force.”
But most of her work was devoted to television. She took smaller parts in many series, but also played recurring roles in “Adams of Eagle Lake” and “Hotel”.
In 1981, Dalton found his most famous role through “Falcon Crest,” a drama about family politics behind a successful vineyard. She remained in the series until 1986. The show saw high ratings all this time, often attracting guest stars.
Her latest project came not in movies or television, but as a voice in the upcoming book “Deconstructing the Rat Pack: Joey, The Mob and the Summit” by Richard Lerzman.
Dalton is survived by her husband Jack D. Smith and her children Matthew, Kathleen and John, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandson.