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Actor Martin Milner leans over the door of a patrol car as Kent McCord talks on the police radio in a promotional still for the television series, 'Adam 12,' c. 1969. (Photo by NBC Television/Courtesy of Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Martin Milner, whose wholesome good looks helped make him the star of two hugely popular 1960s TV series, “Route 66” and “Adam-12,” has died. He was 83.

“Adam-12” co-star Kent McCord, who spoke to Milner’s children, said Milner died Sunday. He did not say how Milner died.

Milner shot to fame in 1960 with co-star George Maharis in “Route 66,” which featured two restless young men roaming the highway author John Steinbeck had dubbed “The Mother Road” in a red Corvette convertible.

In 1968 Milner signed on to another buddy series, “Adam-12.” This time he was Officer Pete Malloy, a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department assisted by rookie cop Jim Reed, who was played by McCord.