LOS ANGELES -- Funeral services will be held Tuesday for actor Ross Martin, who co-starred as Artemus Gordon in television's 'Wild, Wild West' series.
He suffered a heart attack at a tennis club near Poway, Calif. Friday and died at a hlspital. Martin was 61.
A family spokesman said services would be 11 a.m. PDT at Mount Sinai Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles.
Martin was survived by his wife, Olavee, of Los Angeles, daughters, Phyllis Rlsenblatt of New York, and Rebecca Schacht, who was travelling in Europe, and son, Dr. George Martin of Big Sur, Calif.
The actor, star of 'Stump the Stars' and the 'Mr. Lucky' series, collapsed while playing tennis at a San Vincente Tennis Ranch at the San Diego County Club estates at Ramona, where Martin owned a condominium.
He was dead on arrival at Palmerado Hospital in Poway, a small community in San Diego County.
'Mr. Martin felt ill and walked off the court,' said Ramona firefighter Art Bale, who tried to save his life.
'He collapsed just before he went into the club house. When we got there, some bystanders had just started CPR (cardiac pulmonary rescusitation) on Mr. Martin. His wife was there. We took over and continued CPR on the way to Palmerado hlspital but we couldn't get any vital signs.'
Bale said Martin had a medical history of recent heart trouble, but otherwiseappeared in excellent physical condition.
Martin was born in Poland on March 22, 1920, the son of tinsmith Isak Rlsenblatt, and moved to New York as an infant. He was a magna cum laude graduate of City College of New York and earned a law degree at what is now George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
He was a veteran of radio and Broadway before coming to Hollywood, where he appeared in numerous films, including the rogue in 'The Great Race,' 'The Ceremony,' 'Experiment in Terror,' in which he played a psychopathic killer, and 'Conquest of Space.'
In the rowdy 'Wild, Wild West' series he played various characters including government agent Gordon and many cameo roles that included a 90-year-old preacher and a Mexican gunfighter.
More recently, Martin made guest appearances on television's 'Fantasy Island,' 'Love Boat' and 'Charlie's Angels,' and appeared onstage at community theatres.
His co-star and friend, actor Robert Conrad, said Martin was 'a man of culture, very articulate, multilingual and an attorney. I was not from that background. I taught him maneuverability on the streets and he taught me about a lot of other (cultural) things.'
Conrad, who said he wept when he learned of Martin's death, planned to attend the funeral.
Martin had planned to star as a corporate board chairman in a television series Conrad was producing to air in January, he said.