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Character Actor Johnny Mann Dies at 73

April 30, 2004

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Johnny Mann, an actor who appeared in dozens of soap operas and TV dramas, including ``Hawaii Five-0″, has died. He was 73. He died of complications from cancer on Monday, his wife Shirley Mann said.

Born in Salinas, Mann graduated from Beverly Hills High School and attended Southern California.

After graduating from college, he worked as an actor on ``Hawaii Five-0″ and managed several restaurants in Hawaii. He was married and had two sons. He later moved to Marina del Rey where he met his second wife, Shirley, who had two daughters.

He landed character roles in various TV shows, including ``Remington Steele″ ``The A-Team″ and had a recurring role on ``Highway to Heaven,″ where he became good friends with the show’s star, Michael Landon, Shirley Mann said. He also appeared in various soaps, including ``Days of Our Lives,″ ``General Hospital″ and ``The Young and the Restless.″

His film credits include ``Legal Eagles″ and ``Blind Date.″

Mann was able to land many acting roles because of his shocking white hair and dark complexion, his wife said.

``He was so unique looking,″ she said. ``People loved the way he looked.″

He was often confused with singer Johnny Mann, and the two became friends.

In his later years, Mann worked as a maitre d’ at several country clubs in the Palm Springs area.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, J.P. Mann of Pasadena and Todd Mann of Beverly Hills; and two stepdaughters.

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