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Charismatic former Texas TV news anchor and Friday Night Lights bit player dies

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John Hambrick former KHOU anchor during early broadcast
One time KHOU anchor John Hambirck — shown here at WEWS in Cleveland — died Tuesday at 73. www.newsnet5.com
John Hambrick former KHOU anchor in newsroom
Hambrick maintained a number of creative pursuits alongside his news work, from recording music to writing screenplays. TedHenryBlog
John Hambrick former KHOU news anchor in acting
Hambrick's charisma landed him a number of acting roles throughout his career, including a small part on Friday Night Lights. IMDB.com
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Hambrick died in Round Rock after a year-long struggle with lung cancer. Cleveland.com
John Hambrick former KHOU anchor during early broadcast
John Hambrick former KHOU anchor in newsroom
John Hambrick former KHOU news anchor in acting
John Hambrick former KHOU news anchor head shot

Veteran broadcaster and former KHOU news anchor John Hambrick died in Round Rock after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 73.

A Conroe native, Hambrick launched his long television career in the Dallas area during the early 1960s before making a name for himself on the evening news in Cleveland. The charismatic anchor soon found himself landing major market stints in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, where he'd win his first of several Emmy awards.

The son of an Humble Oil worker, Hambrick grew up around the oil fields of east Texas and Louisiana.

"He approached anchoring the news and writing copy as a creative process." 

His early interests in performing lead him to study theater in the late '50s at the University of Texas at Austin, a path he quickly abandoned for Hollywood and a series of small television roles.

Throughout his life, Hambrick fostered his creative side alongside journalistic pursuits — whether it was recording rock and country songs in Nashville or taking bit parts on shows like Friday Night Lights.

In 2002, he produced a documentary with his son and fellow TV news anchor Jack about a group of pioneering African-American artists in Florida. In 2010, he partnered with former news colleague on a screenplay for an action film based on actual events from the Civil War. 

"My dad was a creative person, an artist," Jack Hambrick tells WEWS in Cleveland. "He approached anchoring the news and writing copy as a creative process. Whether it was writing scripts, anchoring the news or recording a country album, it was all about creativity with him."

John Hambrick will be buried in Lone Oak, just east of Dallas.

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