Martin E. Brooks, the actor, producer, director, and teacher best known for his work as Dr. Rudy Wells on the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman series, died Monday in Studio City, California. Movie producer Jon Landau, son of Brooks’s longtime partner, confirmed the 90-year-old’s death with THR, citing natural causes. Brooks began as Wells for The Six Million Dollar Man in 1975, owning the role throughout the rest of the decade there and on The Bionic Woman, as well as into the ’80s and ’90s with three related TV movies. Although Wells was his most recognizable character, Brooks enjoyed a TV career that spanned more than four decades, appearing in other such shows as Gunsmoke, Planet of the Apes, Dallas, Cagney & Lacey, and Hunter.
The Bronx native also made his mark on (and off-) Broadway in the ’50s and ’60s, in such plays as An Enemy of the People, Night of the Auk, I Am a Camera, and Burning Bright — Camera earned him a Tony nomination, and Bright, Theatre World and Donaldson awards. Outside the acting realm, Brooks served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during World War II, taught at the Tracy Roberts Acting School, wrote three books and a play, and released a CD of songs he penned and recorded in the ’60s, according to a bio on his website. He’s survived by his soul mate Edie Landau, as well as his nephews and grandnephews.