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Old 08-04-2005, 06:22 AM
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Thanks to the help of Doug Wilson and Ben Zimmer over at the American Dialect Society, I now have the final answer.

Mike Connors played Nick Stone in a 1959-60 tv series called "Tightrope." He was a detective playing an undercover cop. At the end of the show, he'd say "It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it."

Connors is probably better known for his later "Mannix" series. The info was found in a 1972 interview with Connors.