'Ironside' actor Don Galloway dies at 71

Thespian also was known for 'Big Chill' role

Don Galloway, the likable character actor best known for his long-running role as Sgt. Ed Brown on the NBC show "Ironside," died Thursday in Reno, Nev., after suffering a stroke. He was 71.

Galloway broke into show business in 1962 on the CBS soap opera "The Secret Storm" and over the years appeared in nearly 70 films and TV shows. His big break came in 1967 when he was cast as Raymond Burr's sidekick on "Ironside," and he stayed with the show for its entire eight-year run.

His first movie role came in 1966 on the Jimmy Stewart Western "The Rare Breed," but his most famous film role was on the 1983 feature "The Big Chill," in which he played JoBeth Williams' straight-arrow husband.

Galloway left show business in the 1990s and served briefly as a deputy sheriff for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in Southern California. Since then, he worked as a corporate spokesman and consultant, and while living in New Hampshire, wrote a column for the Manchester Union Leader newspaper.

He and his second wife moved to Reno last year, but on Christmas Day, he suffered a stroke and remained hospitalized until his death. His mother and mother-in-law both died on Christmas Day –- his mother 19 years ago, his mother-in-law a year later.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Marie; daughters Tracy and Jennifer; stepchildren Sheila and Robert; and three grandchildren. Services are pending.