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Yaphet Kotto

  • Nov 15, 1939 (age 80)
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2008
Witless Protection
MovieFeb 22, 2008

Witless Protection

The story centers on a small-town Sheriff who witnesses what …
The story centers on a small-town Sheriff who witnesses what he believes is a kidnapping, and rushes to rescue a woman. The kidnappers turn out to be F.B.I. Agents assigned to protect her ...
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2002
The Wire
TV ShowJun 2, 2002

The Wire

The Wire is an American crime drama television series …
The Wire is an American crime drama television series created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon. The series was broadcast by the cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes over five seasons.
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2000
Homicide: The Movie
MovieFeb 13, 2000

Homicide: The Movie

Al Giardello is shot and the detectives of the Baltimore …
Al Giardello is shot and the detectives of the Baltimore Homicide Unit return to work to solve the case, including Howard, Munch, Bayliss, Meldrick, Bolander and Kellerman.
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1999
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Nomination1999

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Nominated for "Homicide: Life on the Street".
NAACP Image Award
1998
Tessie Sinahon
MarriageJuly 1998

Tessie Sinahon

Married Tessie Sinahon.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Nomination1998

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Nominated for "Homicide: Life on the Street".
NAACP Image Award
1997
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Nomination1997

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Nominated for "Homicide: Life on the Street".
NAACP Image Award
1996
Two If by Sea
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MovieJan 12, 1996

Two If by Sea

A couple steals a Matisse painting on contract. They manage to …
A couple steals a Matisse painting on contract. They manage to escape the police. The sale takes place 4 days later on an island. Things don't go as planned.
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Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Nomination1996

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Nominated for "Homicide: Life on the Street".
NAACP Image Award
1994
The Puppet Masters
MovieOct 21, 1994

The Puppet Masters

The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted …
The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and David S. Goyer from Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 novel of the same title, in which a trio of American government agents attempts to thwart a covert invasion of Earth by mind-controlling alien parasites. The film was directed by Stuart Orme and stars Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Keith David, Julie Warner and Andrew Robinson.
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1993
seaQuest DSV
TV ShowSep 12, 1993

seaQuest DSV

In the early 21st century, mankind has colonized the oceans. …
In the early 21st century, mankind has colonized the oceans. The United Earth Oceans Organization enlists Captain Nathan Bridger and the submarine seaQuest DSV to keep the peace and explore the last frontier on Earth.
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Extreme Justice
MovieJun 26, 1993

Extreme Justice

Jeff Powers is the newest member of a very elite and very …
Jeff Powers is the newest member of a very elite and very secret LAPD division. Their mission is to target important criminals and to get them to stop. Police brutality is not a known term for the division and they will stop at nothing to get the job done, even if it means murder.
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Homicide: Life on the Street
TV ShowJan 31, 1993

Homicide: Life on the Street

Homicide: Life on the Street …
Homicide: Life on the Street is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons (122 episodes) on NBC from January 31, 1993 to May 21, 1999, and was succeeded by Homicide: The Movie (2000), which served as the de facto series finale. The series was originally based on David Simon's book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991). Many of the characters and stories used throughout the show were based on events depicted in the book.
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1991
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
MovieSep 5, 1991

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

In part six of the Nightmare …
In part six of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, dream monster Freddy Krueger has finally killed all the children of his hometown, and seeks to escape its confines to hunt fresh prey. To this end, he recruits the aid of his (previously unmentioned) daughter. However, she discovers the demonic origin of her father's powers and meets Dad head-on in a final showdown (originally presented in 3-D).
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1988
Midnight Run
MovieJul 11, 1988

Midnight Run

Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is sent to find and …
Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Charles Grodin). The FBI has had no success in locating The Duke, so when Jack finds him in next to no time, they are a little embarrassed. In order to collect his $100,000 fee, Jack must take The Duke from New York to Los Angeles. However, the Mafia and the FBI have other ideas, as does Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton), a rival bounty hunter. On their long cross-country trip to LA, the two get to know each other and they build up a strange friendship.
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1987
Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel
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MovieNov 15, 1987

Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalo…

Perry is suing a gutter-trash …
Perry is suing a gutter-trash newspaper that is running a story about a love affair between him and Della. The editor also has "dirt" files on an Army General, his banker, and other "...
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The Running Man
MovieNov 13, 1987

The Running Man

A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution …
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
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Biography
TV ShowApr 6, 1987

Biography

Biography is a U.S. documentary television series and media …
Biography is a U.S. documentary television series and media franchise created in the 1960s by David Wolper and owned by A&E Networks since 1987. Each episode depicts the life of a notable person with narration, on-camera interviews, photographs, and stock footage. The show originally ran in syndication in 1962–1964, on CBS in 1979, on A&E from 1987 to 2006, and on The Biography Channel (later Bio, now FYI) from 1996 to 2012. After a five-year hiatus, the franchise was relaunched in 2017. Over the years, the Biography media franchise has expanded domestically and internationally, spinning off several cable television channels, a website, a children's program, a line of books and records, and a series of made-for-TV movies, specials, and miniseries, among other media properties. Biography has won a Peabody Award (1962) and three Emmy Awards (1997, 1999, 2002).
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Tomorrow's a Killer
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MovieMar 27, 1987

Tomorrow's a Killer

A detective tries to track down a serial killer who is murdering …
A detective tries to track down a serial killer who is murdering prostitutes while at the same time having to deal with his girlfriend's mental problems, which are gradually deteriorating into a split personality.
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1986
Eye of the Tiger
MovieNov 28, 1986

Eye of the Tiger

Buck Matthews (Gary Busey) is a former Vietnam veteran/ex …
Buck Matthews (Gary Busey) is a former Vietnam veteran/ex-con recently released from the state prison. He returns to the small Midwest town where he grew up only to discover the place overrun by a large motorcycle gang bent on causing trouble. When the bikers murder his wife and traumatize his young daughter, Buck finds himself all alone. The corrupt town sheriff (Seymour Cassel) is unsympathetic and unwilling to help Buck (because the sheriff is under control of the biker gang leader Blade (William Smith). So, Buck decides to take matters into his own hands, With the help from a fellow Vietnam vet, Deputy J.B. Deveraux (Yaphet Kotto), as well as Buck's former cell-mate, a drug kingpin living in Miami, Buck arms himself to the teeth and wages a one-man war against the motorcyclists to destroy them once and for all.
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Harem
MovieFeb 9, 1986

Harem

Jessica, a young British girl, goes off to Arabia with her father …
Jessica, a young British girl, goes off to Arabia with her father to be with her fiancé when he's called there suddenly on diplomatic duty. On a tourist journey she's kidnapped by what ...
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1985
Badge of the Assassin
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MovieNov 2, 1985

Badge of the Assassin

Three black revolutionaries …
Three black revolutionaries gun down two New York City police officers. The subsequent investigation puts a white assistant DA and a black police detective on the trail of the killers that ...
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The Park Is Mine
MovieOct 6, 1985

The Park Is Mine

A Vietnam vet takes forceful control of Central Park to remember …
A Vietnam vet takes forceful control of Central Park to remember those who served and died in the Vietnam War.
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Warning Sign
MovieAug 23, 1985

Warning Sign

A woman working as a security guard in an agricultural …
A woman working as a security guard in an agricultural research facility finds herself and her co-worker Schmidt fighting to survive against their former friends.
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1984
Murder, She Wrote
TV ShowSep 30, 1984

Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote is an American crime drama television series …
Murder, She Wrote is an American crime drama television series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network. It was followed by four TV films. Among the most successful and longest-running television shows in history, it averaged more than 30 million viewers per week in its prime (sometimes hitting above 40 million viewers), and was a staple of the CBS Sunday night lineup for a decade. In syndication, the series is still highly successful throughout the world.
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Terror in the Aisles
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MovieAug 31, 1984

Terror in the Aisles

A compilation of scenes from many science fiction, crime drama …
A compilation of scenes from many science fiction, crime drama and horror films of the 1930s through 1980s.
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1983
The Star Chamber
MovieAug 5, 1983

The Star Chamber

Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via …
Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
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The A-Team
TV ShowJan 23, 1983

The A-Team

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series …
The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit. The members, after being court-martialed "for a crime they didn't commit", escaped from military prison and, while still on the run, worked as soldiers of fortune. The series was created by Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo. A feature film based on the series was released by 20th Century Fox in 2010.
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1980
Brubaker
MovieJun 20, 1980

Brubaker

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to …
The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
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1979
Alien
MovieMay 25, 1979

Alien

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown …
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
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1978
Blue Collar
MovieFeb 10, 1978

Blue Collar

Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), …
Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night, when they steal away from their wives to have some fun, they get the idea to rob the local union's bureau safe. First they think it is a flop, because they get only six hundred dollars out of it, but then Zeke realizes that they also have gotten some "hot" material. They decide to blackmail their union. The best reason for that is the union itself. All three are provoked by the fact that the union claims to have lost ten thousand dollars by their robbery.
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1977
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Nomination1977

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limite…

Nominated for "Raid on Entebbe".
Nomination1977

Outstanding Performance By A Supporti…

Nominated for "The Big Event".
Primetime Emmy Award
1976
Raid on Entebbe
MovieDec 26, 1976

Raid on Entebbe

True story of a daring Israeli commando assault on the …
True story of a daring Israeli commando assault on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free hostages of a terrorist hijacking.
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The Monkey Hustle
MovieDec 1, 1976

The Monkey Hustle

A new highway threatens a Chicago neighborhood, so to …
A new highway threatens a Chicago neighborhood, so to protest the residents throw a block party.
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Drum
MovieJul 30, 1976

Drum

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as …
A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.
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1975
Friday Foster
MovieDec 25, 1975

Friday Foster

Friday Foster, an ex-model magazine photographer, …
Friday Foster, an ex-model magazine photographer, goes to Los Angeles International airport to photograph the arrival of Blake Tarr, the richest black man in America. Three men attempt to ...
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Sharks' Treasure
MovieApr 1, 1975

Sharks' Treasure

Eccentric charter skipper Jim Carnahan and his team of …
Eccentric charter skipper Jim Carnahan and his team of hard-luck dreamers battle sharks, bandits and their own greed to recover sunken treasure off the coast of Honduras.
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Report to the Commissioner
MovieFeb 5, 1975

Report to the Commissioner

Police officer Patty Butler, …
Police officer Patty Butler, alias "Chicklet," is the live-in girlfriend of Thomas 'Stick' Henderson to gather evidence. Detective Bo Lockley is instructed to try to find her, not knowing she's also a cop.
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Antoinette Pettyjohn
Marriage1975

Antoinette Pettyjohn

Married Antoinette Pettyjohn.
1974
Truck Turner
MovieApr 19, 1974

Truck Turner

Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player …
Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player who becomes a bounty hunter in Los Angeles.
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1973
Live and Let Die
MovieJun 27, 1973

Live and Let Die

Several British agents have been murdered and James Bond …
Several British agents have been murdered and James Bond is sent to New Orleans, to investigate these mysterious deaths. Mr. Big comes to his knowledge, who is self-producing heroin. Along his journeys he meets Tee Hee who has a claw for a hand, Baron Samedi the voodoo master and Solitaire a tarot card reader. Bond must travel to New Orleans, and deep into the Bayou.
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1972
Across 110th Street
MovieDec 19, 1972

Across 110th Street

This is a violent urban thriller about a corrupt old white cop and …
This is a violent urban thriller about a corrupt old white cop and an honest young black cop chasing three black robbers-cum-murderers who ran away with $300,000 that belonged to the Italian mob. The police must find them before the sadistic Mafia henchman Nick D'Salvio reaches them first.
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The Limit
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MovieNov 10, 1972

The Limit

In Los Angeles, black motorcycle police officer Mark Johnson …
In Los Angeles, black motorcycle police officer Mark Johnson patrols gang-infested neighborhoods with his white partner and best friend, Jeff McMillan. One afternoon, Mark has a run-in with a gang known as The Virgins, whose leader, Big Donnie, is taken aback by the policeman's understanding, dignified demeanor despite the gang's constant derision. When Mark advises Donnie not to continue to allow his heavily pregnant girl friend, Judy, to ride a motorbike, the gang leader agrees. Later, after Donnie actively seeks Mark out for advice, the Virgins' second-in-command, Kenny, reacts with outrage.
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Bone
MovieJul 1, 1972

Bone

A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married …
A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were and are not as happily married as they appeared.
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1970
Night Chase
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MovieNov 20, 1970

Night Chase

A taxi driver hired to drive a fugitive criminal to the Mexican …
A taxi driver hired to drive a fugitive criminal to the Mexican border forms an unlikely friendship with his passenger.
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The Liberation of L.B. Jones
MovieMar 18, 1970

The Liberation of L.B. Jones

A gloomy vision of the …
A gloomy vision of the possibility of decent relations between whites and blacks anywhere, including the South. Undertaker L.B. Jones, the richest black man in his county of Tennessee, is divorcing his wife for infidelity with a white policeman. Taking a stand against racism, he is greeted with a hostile bunch of Southern bigots and other various stereotypes.
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1968
Hawaii Five-O
TV ShowSep 20, 1968

Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama …
Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and created by Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and continues in reruns. At the airing of its last episode it was the longest-running police drama in American television history.
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5 Card Stud
MovieJul 10, 1968

5 Card Stud

5 Card Stud is a 1968 Western mystery film directed by …
5 Card Stud is a 1968 Western mystery film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum. The script, based on a novel by Ray Gaulden, was written by Marguerite Roberts, who also wrote the screenplay of True Grit for Hathaway the following year.
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The Thomas Crown Affair
MovieJun 19, 1968

The Thomas Crown Affair

A debonair, adventuresome …
A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.
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1967
Mannix
TV ShowSep 16, 1967

Mannix

Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from …
Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller, the title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He was played by Mike Connors.
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The High Chaparral
TV ShowSep 10, 1967

The High Chaparral

The High Chaparral is an American Western-themed television …
The High Chaparral is an American Western-themed television series starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell, which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. The series, made by Xanadu Productions in association with NBC Productions, was created by David Dortort, who had previously created Bonanza for the network. The theme song was also written and conducted by Bonanza scorer David Rose, who also scored the two-hour pilot.
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1965
The Big Valley
TV ShowSep 15, 1965

The Big Valley

The Big Valley is an American western television series …
The Big Valley is an American western television series which ran on ABC from September 15, 1965, to May 19, 1969. The show stars Barbara Stanwyck, as the widow of a wealthy nineteenth century California rancher. It was created by A.I. Bezzerides and Louis F. Edelman, and produced by Levy-Gardner-Laven for Four Star Television.
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1964
Daniel Boone
TV ShowSep 24, 1964

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone is an American action-adventure television …
Daniel Boone is an American action-adventure television series starring Fess Parker as Daniel Boone that aired from September 24, 1964, to May 7, 1970, on NBC for 165 episodes, and was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Arcola Enterprises, and Fespar Corp. Ed Ames co-starred as Mingo, Boone's Cherokee friend, for the first four seasons of the series. Albert Salmi portrayed Boone's companion Yadkin in season one only. Country Western singer-actor Jimmy Dean was a featured actor as Josh Clements during the 1968–1970 seasons. Actor and former NFL football player Rosey Grier made regular appearances as Gabe Cooper in the 1969 to 1970 season. The show was broadcast "in living color" beginning in fall 1965, the second season, and was shot entirely in California and Kanab, Utah.
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Nothing But a Man
MovieSep 19, 1964

Nothing But a Man

A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face …
A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.
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1962
Rita Ingrid Dittman
Marriage1962

Rita Ingrid Dittman

Married Rita Ingrid Dittman.
1959
Bonanza
TV ShowSep 12, 1959

Bonanza

Bonanza is an American western television series that ran on …
Bonanza is an American western television series that ran on NBC from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC's longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on U.S. network television (behind CBS's Gunsmoke), and within the top 10 longest-running, live-action American series. The show continues to air in syndication. The show is set in the 1860s and it centers on the wealthy Cartwright family who live in the vicinity of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe. The series initially starred Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon and later featured (at various times) Guy Williams, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson. The show is known for presenting pressing moral dilemmas.
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1955
Gunsmoke
TV ShowSep 10, 1955

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western …
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the United Kingdom, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.
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1939
Yaphet Kotto
BirthNovember 1939

Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto was born.
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