The Tragic Death Of Robert Hogan

Robert Hogan has died aged 87. The actor passed away at home in Maine on May 27, his family confirmed to The New York Times in a touching obituary, following complications from pneumonia. Hogan had also lived with Alzheimer's disease since 2013.

The star had an impressive career in front of the camera and also enjoyed several stints on Broadway. Hogan, known to those closest to him as Bob, appeared in more than 100 TV shows from the 1960s onwards (per The Hollywood Reporter), popping up in big time shows such as "The Twilight Zone," "The Wire," "I Dream of Jeannie," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Hawaii Five-O," "Laverne And Shirley," "Magnum, P.I.," and "Law And Order." Fans may also know him as the "M*A*S*H" helicopter pilot, Lieutenant Smilin' Jack Mitchell, who he portrayed in a Season 4 episode.

Hogan was also a prolific soap opera actor, and will probably be familiar to soap fans for his roles in "All My Children," "Days of Our Lives," "One Life to Live," "As the World Turns," "Another World," and "General Hospital" (per Deadline).

Robert Hogan was an army veteran before becoming an actor

Despite his impressive career as an actor, it sounds like that wasn't always Robert Hogan's plan for his life. Prior to discovering his true passion, he was actually in the Army and, according to The New York Times, served in Korea. He returned to his home state of New York following an honorable discharge and attended New York University, where he studied engineering. He then took an aptitude test which led him to the arts, and he furthered his career at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. The rest, as they say, is history.

In 2013, Hogan was diagnosed with Vascular Alzheimer's and spent the final years of his life supporting charities helping those with the disease. His obituary stated he was supported by his wife of 38 years, Mary Hogan, and the two were active in their support of organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association. It was reported that it was thanks to his wife and the help he got from the nonprofit that Hogan was able to keep working following his diagnosis, which his family noted was "no small feat for an actor who memorized lines for a living."

Robert Hogan is also survived by his three children, Chris, Stephen, and Jud, and his two grandchildren, Susanna and Liam. The late actor's family have asked for donations to be made to the charities that helped him following his diagnosis, DOROT and the Alzheimer's Association.