Paul Koslo

Paul Koslo owns The Rock Inn, has more than 100 films and television credits to his name. CHRISTINA RAMOS/Valley Press/May 1, 2014

The family of actor, director and producer Paul Koslo is deeply saddened to announce that he died Jan. 9 at home in Lake Hughes from pancreatic cancer. Koslo was 74.

Koslo leaves behind his daughter, Chloe, his wife, Allaire, sister Karin, brother Georg, nephews, nieces, cousins, a very loving family and a wonderful body of work as an actor.   

Born Manfred Koslowski on June 27, 1944, in Germany, Koslo became a dad, husband, actor, director, producer and mentor. He  co-founded the MET Theatre in Hollywood. His latest producing credit was the 2015 JFK documentary “A Coup in Camelot.”

“He was very passionate about that project,” Allaire Koslo said.

Koslo was also the owner of Lake Hughes’ historic Rock Inn. He purchased the landmark in 1975, but leased it out in 1995.

As a character actor, Koslo played an assortment of mostly nefarious characters, with more than 100 film and television credits to his name.

Not so in “The Omega Man,” the 1971 Cold War-style sci-fi film starring Charlton Heston as one of the few survivors of biological warfare between China and the Soviet Union, based on the 1954 novel “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson.

Koslo played Dutch, thewild-haired, motorcycle-riding former med student who saved Heston’s Army colonel character, Dr. Robert Neville, from being burned at the stake in Dodger Stadium by a band of hooded, nocturnal, albino mutants.

Dutch, carrying two pearl-handed pistols, rushes to save Neville. While filming the scene, Koslo accidentally hit Heston in the head with one of the guns, breaking the skin and causing the star to bleed.

“But I didn’t stop,” Koslo said in a 2014 interview with the Antelope Valley Press. Heston uttered an un-Moses-like expletive and later praised the apologetic Koslo for his professionalism.

Dutch was one of Koslo’s favorite characters.“I like Dutch, he’s kind of a cool guy,” Koslo said in the interview.

Koslo later starred in three films with Charles Bronson: “Mr. Majestyk” (1974), “The Stone Killer” (1973) and “Love and Bullets” (1979). His other film credits include “Rooster Cogburn” (1975) with John Wayne, “Heaven’s Gate” (1980), “Vanishing Point” (1971) and “Cleo-patra Jones” (1973).

“I’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the greatest actors in the world, from Oskar Werner to Max von Sydow to Orson Welles,” Koslo said in the interview.

His TV credits include “The Incredible Hulk,” “MacGyver,” “The A-Team,” the original “Hawaii Five-O,” “Mission: Impossible” and “The Rockford Files.”

Memorial services are being planned.

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