I remember him for the end credits, but had forgotten a bit about how much his shows were a big part of my childhood viewing. The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, and Silk Stalkings among others. A great talent for making entertaining TV shows. RIP
Not sure I ever shared the story, but as a kid right after Greatest American Hero debuted, I was looking through TV Guide (I had a weird habit of memorizing when all the shows were coming on, which was much easier when there were only 5 channels) and saw ABC's Address, so I wrote a letter and told ABC how much I loved the show. About a month later, I get a letter from his offices, all official and typewritten, saying how much he appreciated the support.
I wish I still had that letter.
RIP, and thanks for entertaining me!
Look at this body of work, yeah a few strinekrs, but a LOT of good quality. Television 21 Jump Street Adam-12 The A-Team Baa Baa Black Sheep Baretta Booker Broken Badges Castle (as himself) Chase Cobra The Commish The D.A. Diagnosis Murder (acting) The Duke The Greatest American Hero Hardcastle and McCormick The Hat Squad Hawkeye Hunter J.J. Starbuck The Last Precinct Magnum, P.I. (acting) The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage Pacific Blue (acting) Palace Guard Profit The Quest Renegade (acting) Richie Brockelman, Private Eye Riptide Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (acting) The Rockford Files The Rousters Santa Barbara (soap opera) (acting) Silk Stalkings (acting) Sonny Spoon Stingray Stone Street Justice Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Toma Top of the Hill Unsub Wiseguy
Looking back at that list, I am still in awe of how many of his shows I watched. hell, in the mid 80's , he probably had like six out of the top 10 shows on the networks (that weren't named Dallas, Dynasty, Cosby or Cheers).
R.I.P., Mr. Cannell. Thank you for the years of entertainment and memories.
I watched the original when it first aired and it was incredible until right at the end when it jumped the shark a bit. However, it was so different from anything else on at the time it was must watch television.