Land of the Lost and Planet of the Apes star Ron Harper dies aged 91

Land of the Lost and Planet of the Apes actor Ron Harper has died. He was 91.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I must share the news of my father’s passing… He laid his head down to rest and never woke up again,” Harper’s daughter Nicole Longeuay wrote on social media according to Extra.

“Although it was not public knowledge, Alzheimer’s [disease] started to take his mind from him years ago, it’s hard to believe he is physically gone now too.”

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Longeuay concluded: “I know he’ll be watching over all of us, until we meet again.”

She also confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Harper had died of natural causes at his West Hills, California home on March 21.

Harper, who was born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania in 1933, attended Princeton University in New Jersey with a scholarship, before being offered a fellowship at Harvard Law School.

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He turned it down to pursue acting instead, making his television debut on 87th Precinct after a stint on Broadway.

One of his most notable roles was as Alan Virdon on the series Planet of the Apes, which he played for 14 episodes in 1974 before the show’s cancellation.

He then was cast as Uncle Jack in Land of the Lost in 1976, which he played for the show’s third and final season.

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Harper also played a minister opposite Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbour (2001).

His final role was as Ralph in the 2015 television movie Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story.

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