Peter Breck, best known as cantankerous middle son Nick Barkley on TV's THE BIG VALLEY from 1965 to 1969, has passed away at the age of 82.
Breck also starred in the 1950s Western BLACK SADDLE and had a recurring role on MAVERICK as Doc Holliday.
Breck's wife said he died after a long illness. She posted a note on his official website last year explaining he was suffering from dementia.
Update: Here's a very nice tribute from the Caftan Woman, a fan of THE BIG VALLEY.
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