By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Veteran television character actor Kevin Hagen, who left behind a string of Western bad guy roles to become the kindly Dr. Hiram Baker in 'Little House on the Prairie,' has died. He was 77.
Hagen died at his home here on Saturday a year after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, his wife, Jan Hagen, said Monday.
I really loved the books, and the show, and the movies of Little House. I totally did not know that one of the principal actors lived right here in OR.