Don Galloway

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Donald Poe Galloway (July 27, 1937January 8, 2009) was an American stage, film and television actor, perhaps best known for his role as Detective Sergeant Ed Brown on the long-running crime drama Ironside (1967–75). He reprised the role for a made-for-TV film in 1993. He was a politically active Libertarian and journalist.

Galloway was born in Augusta, Kentucky, the son of Malee (née Poe) and Paul Smith Galloway, a contractor. He was a 1955 graduate of Bracken County High School, where he played varsity basketball, and a 1959 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he studied drama.

Galloway began his television career in 1962 in the New York-based soap opera The Secret Storm as the first actor to play Kip Rysdale.

His first nighttime stint was in the role of Mitchell Harris on Arrest and Trial (1963-1964). He also was seen on Tom, Dick and Mary, one-third of the 90-minute weekly sitcom 90 Bristol Court in 1964-1965.

He signed up with Universal Studios in 1963 and guest-starred on Wagon Train, Run for Your Life, and others. Beginning in 1967, he co-starred on Ironside as Det. Sgt. Ed Brown. During the sixth season of Ironside, he and Burr co-starred in the TV movie Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John. Galloway stayed through the entire run of Ironside until its cancellation in 1975. He was reunited with Burr on two Perry Mason television movies before reprising his role on Return to Ironside in 1993.

In 1979, Galloway played Timmons in the NBC comedy Hizzonner. That same year, he hosted a syndicated game show called The Guinness Game, which was produced by Bob Eubanks. Galloway made a few appearances on the popular game show Match Game as well.

In 1983, he appeared in the movie The Big Chill, as the husband of the character played by Jobeth Williams. In 1985, Galloway joined the cast of the ABC soap opera General Hospital, playing Buzz Stryker until 1987.

After retiring from acting, Galloway briefly worked for the San Bernardino County (California) Sheriff's Department as a deputy sheriff.

For a time after his acting career, Galloway resided in Hooksett, New Hampshire and wrote a column for the Manchester Union Leader newspaper, espousing his Libertarian political views.

Galloway died at age 71 at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, a stepdaughter, a stepson, and three grandchildren. He was buried in Concord Cemetery in Bladeston, Bracken County.


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