Al Harrington (died September 21st, aged 85)
Al Harrington, best known for his role as Detective Ben Kokua in the original Hawaii Five-O series, died on September 21st in Honolulu, Hawaii after suffering a massive stroke. He was 85.
After graduating with a degree in history at Stanford University, Harrington returned to Hawaii where he taught history and coached football while moonlighting as an entertainer in a tourist show in Waikiki. He eventually became popular and earned the well-known moniker “The South Pacific Man.” His big break came in 1972 when he landed the role of Ben Kokua in the original Hawaii Five-O series, which ran for 12 seasons on CBS from 1968 to 1980. Harrington returned to the franchise when he was cast in the recurring role of Mamo Kahike in the CBS reboot of the police procedural show.
Outside of the Hawaii Five-O franchise, Harrington appeared in series like Charlie’s Angels, The Jeffersons, Magnum P.I., and Scrubs among many others.