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Kevin Hagen
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Kevin Hagen played the recurring role of Dr. Hiram Baker on Little House on the Prairie.
Personal Information
Sex/Gender: Male
Born: (1928-04-03)April 3, 1928
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: July 9, 2005(2005-07-09) (aged 77)
Deathplace: Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1959-2004
Spouse (s): Adaline Sohns Heidt (1960–?) (divorced)
Susanne Cramer (1967–1969, her death)
Dorali Dossantos (1969–) (divorced) 1 child
Jan Hagen (1993–2005, his death)
Series Information
Appeared as: Dr. Hiram Baker
Appeared on/in: Little House on the Prairie (TV series)


Kevin Hagen (born April 3, 1928 - died July 9, 2005)[1] was a Chicago, Illinois born actor best known for playing Dr. Hiram Baker, the town doctor on Little House on the Prairie. [2]

Life and career

Born to professional ballroom dancers, Hagen was raised by his mother, grandmother, and aunts.

Kevin worked for the US State Department in West Germany, and spent a year in law school at UCLA after attending Oregon State University and the University of Southern California before deciding to try acting at the age of 27.

He was spotted in a production of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms and given a guest role on the 1950s television series Dragnet. He than began to work steadily in television and film.

Hagen's first regular role on a series was 1958's popular cult western Yancy Derringer as city administrator of New Orleans, John Colton, circa 1868. As Colton, at the beginning of the episode, he asks Yancy to solve New Orleans present threat, and at the end of the episode arrests Yancy for breaking the law to do it.

In April 1962, Hagen was cast as the lead guest star in another Western series, in the episode "Cort" of Lawman with John Russell and Peter Brown.

In additon to LHOTP, Kevin's guest TV show appearances also included Bat Masterson, Riverboat, Wagon Train, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Twilight Zone, Daniel Boone, Mission: Impossible, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, M*A*S*H, The Rifleman, Lancer, The Virginian, The Cowboys, and Lost in Space

Personal life/Death

He was once married to actress Susanne Cramer until her death in 1969.

In 1992, he moved to Grants Pass in southwestern Oregon, and continued his acting career.[2][3] In 2004, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. At his death, Hagen left a widow, Jan (his fourth wife; he met her in 1993), and a son, Kristopher.

References

  1. "Kevin Hagen: Kindly Doc Baker in 'Little House on the Prairie'", The Independent (UK), July 28, 2005. Retrieved on 2015-04-12. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Doc Baker on 'Little House' dies at 77", USA Today, July 11, 2005. Retrieved on 2015-04-12. 
  3. "Little House Star Kevin Hagen Dies at 77", Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, July 12, 2005. Retrieved on 2015-04-12. 

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