'Blue Velvet' star George Dickerson dies at 81
Los Angeles: George Dickerson, who played police detective John Williams in David Lynch's bizarre crime drama 'Blue Velvet', has died. He was 81.
His son and Finnish film writer-director Dome Karukoski, announced on Facebook.
Dickerson, who also had a recurring role as Police Commander Swanson in the first season of the acclaimed 1980s NBC cop drama 'Hill Street Blues', died on January 10 after a long illness, Karukoski said.
Before turning to acting, Dickerson worked as a magazine writer, poet, editor and playwright.
Dickerson had been living in New York. His son's 'Heart of a Lion' played at the recent Palm Springs International Film festival, and another of his features, 'The Grump', screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September.