TV Star Dead; ‘True Father to Us All’

( – In sad news for the entertainment world, children’s TV series Land of the Lost star Spencer Milligan passed away at the age of 86.

After news of his death became public, his co-actors expressed their sorrow and said he was a true father to all of them.

According to his obituary, Milligan’s death occurred on April 18 at his home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, but the cause of death has not been disclosed yet.

Wesley Eure and Kathy Coleman, who portrayed Milligan’s children on the show, shared their condolences on Facebook.

72-year-old Eure said, “This is a video we didn’t want to have to make. We heard rumors, and finally it was confirmed. Not an easy day.”

Similarly, 62-year-old Coleman added, “I’m a little speechless. He was a true father to us all. Thank God we got to see him one last time and spend some really beautiful moments with him. He was a great man. I really truly believe that. He will be missed.”

Milligan portrayed Rick Marshall, the lead character in “Land of the Lost.” The NBC series, airing from 1974 to 1976, followed Rick and his children Will (Eure) and Holly (Coleman) after they were transported into a prehistoric alternate universe due to an earthquake.

Moreover, Milligan departed the show after two seasons due to a disagreement with producers over compensation for merchandise featuring his likeness, such as lunch boxes and toys.

In a 2009 interview, he stated, “We had a difference of opinion, let’s put it this way, on using my face for stuff and paying me—lunch boxes, compasses—where they were selling them, and I thought it was only fair that everyone should get their fair share.”

Post “Land of the Lost,” the late actor made guest appearances on various TV series, including “Gunsmoke,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Alice,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and “Quincy, M.E.” His acting career slowed in the 1980s, concluding with a seven-episode stint on “General Hospital” in 1987.

Returning to Wisconsin, Milligan taught stage classes and directed plays in his hometown. As his obituary notes, his dedication to theater left a lasting impact on his community.

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