Famous Faces on "Police Story" Season One! (1973-74)

Created by Joseph Wambaugh, an ex-cop turned author, "Police Story" is an anthology series detailing the lives of LAPD officers in a collection of realistic and gritty accounts of what it meant to be a cop in 1970's Los Angeles. It distinguished itself from its predececessors by a multidimensional portrayal of its protagonosts--these cops were flawed, not cartoonlike heroes. From week to week, gripping episodes addressed difficult issues such as police corruption and the stresses and hell that can come with leading a cop's life.

With no regular cast, the show featured different stars each week, as well as a rotating acting ensemble. The series became the archetype for many critically acclaimed shows that followed, including "Hill Street Blues, Homicide: Life On The Street and NYPD Blue."
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1.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Detective #1" ” - gattonero975
 
2.
Michael Ansara
Born in a small village in Syria, Michael Ansara came to the United States with his American parents at the age of two, living in New England, until the family's relocation to California ten years later. He entered Los Angeles City College with the intention of becoming a doctor, but got sidetracked into the dramatics department...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Baldy" ” - gattonero975
 
3.
Elizabeth Ashley
Actress, Another World
Love her or not, award-winning actress Elizabeth Ashley can always be counted on to give her all. Grand in style, exotic in looks, divinely outgoing in personality and an engaging interpreter of Tennessee Williams' florid Southern-belles on stage, she was born Elizabeth Ann Cole on August 30, 1939, in Ocala...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Jannette Johnson" ” - gattonero975
 
4.
Edward Asner
Actor, Up
Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a Primetime Emmy and three for a Daytime award...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Lt. Dave Blodgett" ” - gattonero975
 
5.
Diane Baker
Actress with a notable career in films and television. Born and raised in Hollywood, she moved to New York at eighteen to study acting with Charles Conrad and ballet with Nina Fonaroff. She continued her training in Los Angeles at the Estelle Harman Workshop, securing a contract with Twentieth Century Fox...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Jenny Dale" ” - gattonero975
 
6.
Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors was born Kevin Joseph Connors in Brooklyn, New York, to Marcella (Londrigan) and Alban Francis "Allan" Connors. His parents were immigrants from the Dominion of Newfoundland (now part of Canada), and were of Irish descent. Chuck and his two-years-younger sister, Gloria, grew up in a working-class section of the west side of Brooklyn...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Slow Boy" ” - gattonero975
 
7.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Man #2" (as Pat Cranshaw) ” - gattonero975
 
8.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Willy" ” - gattonero975
 
9.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Patrolman" (as Keven Dobson) ” - gattonero975
 
10.
David Doyle
David Fitzgerald Doyle was born in Lincoln, Nebraska December 1, 1929. He was the son of Mary Ruth Fitzgerald and Lewis Raymond (Lum) Doyle, a prominent Lincoln attorney. His maternal grandfather was John Fitzgerald, a prominent banker and railroad builder in Nebraska. His paternal grandfather was T...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Kurt Mueller" ” - gattonero975
 
11.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Charlie Czonka" ” - gattonero975
 
12.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Bobbie" ” - gattonero975
 
13.
Marjoe Gortner
Actor, Starcrash
In his early career as the 4-year-old "World's Youngest Ordained Minister," Hugh Marjoe Ross Gortner became a 'Miracle Child' extraordinaire. Preaching gospel from memory and performing faith healings, he drew capacity crowds as he barnstormed throughout the Bible Belt. Marjoe (the name a combination...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Stan" ” - gattonero975
 
14.
Harry Guardino
Virile Brooklyn-born actor Harry Guardino, with dark, wavy hair and a perpetual worried look on his craggy-looking mug, started out in the acting school of hard knocks, slumming for nearly a decade in small, obscure 'tough guy' film parts in the early to mid 50s. A definite man's man, he finally attracted...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Sgt. Solly 'Sal Pickles' Piccolini" ” - gattonero975
 
15.
Tony Lo Bianco
The career of actor Tony Lo Bianco is distinguished as much by its depth and variety, as by the skills and gifts Mr. Lo Bianco has brought to his work. He has appeared in numerous films, television programs, and stage performances, both on-screen and off as a writer, director, and producer. Throughout his career...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Tony Calabrese" ” - gattonero975
 
16.
Dianne Hull
Known today as one of the premiere teachers of Method Acting in Los Angeles, Dianne Hull was introduced to audiences in Elia Kazan's The Arrangement. Dianne's long acting career includes starring and co-starring roles in film, TV, and stage, including The Onion Field, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Patty Fresno" ” - gattonero975
 
17.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Detective #1 - 1st Supermarket Robbery" ” - gattonero975
 
18.
Stephen Manley
Stephen Manley is a veteran actor of film and television for over 40 years. Best known as "Young Spock" in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. His experience spans from work as a child on shows such as All in the Family and Emergency! to work as a teen on The Love Boat and Little House on the Prairie. After graduating with a degree in film from the Pasadena Art Center...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
??? ” - gattonero975
 
19.
Janet Margolin
Actress, Annie Hall
Pretty, demure-looking Janet Margolin was born in New York City in 1943 and educated at the New York High School of Performing Arts. The long-haired brunette was discovered for films by director Frank Perry as she was making great strides as a teen on Broadway. He saw her in the play "Daughter of Silence," for which she earned a Tony nomination...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Marilyn" ” - gattonero975
 
20.
Ralph Meeker
Burly American character actor Ralph Meeker first acted on stage at his Alma mater, Northwestern University, alongside other budding performers Charlton Heston and Patricia Neal. He graduated as a music major, because his dean had discouraged him from pursuing a theatrical career. Ignoring that advice...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Chief Harry Stahlgaher" ” - gattonero975
 
21.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Officer Bert Jameson" ” - gattonero975
 
22.
Vic Morrow
Actor, Combat!
Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jean (Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While Morrow was working on his degree in Law...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Sgt. Joe LaFreida" ” - gattonero975
 
23.
John Bennett Perry
John Bennett Perry has enjoyed a diverse and successful career that spans over the last few decades. Born a natural entertainer in Williamstown, Massachussetts, he started a band with his brother Tony and enjoyed local success. His acting roots were firmly planted in New York where he starred in many Broadway plays and musicals...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Sgt. Chick Torpi" ” - gattonero975
 
24.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Marnie" ” - gattonero975
 
25.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Shirley" (as Marya Small) ” - gattonero975
 
26.
Michael Strong
Actor, Patton
While never one of the big names on screen, Michael Strong was one of those excellent method actors who were often compelling to watch. Unsurprisingly, many of Michael's screen characters were typical New Yorkers, whether they be cops or thugs, and he imbued them with an edgy 'in-your-face' intensity that was all his own...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Lassiter" ” - gattonero975
 
27.
Kenneth Tobey
Born in Oakland, California, Kenneth Tobey was headed for a law career when he first dabbled in acting at the University of California Little Theater. That experience led to a year and a half of study at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, where his classmates included Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach and Tony Randall...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"McWalters" (as Ken Tobey) ” - gattonero975
 
28.
Hal Williams
Actor, 227
A veteran professional actor who has co-starred as a television series regular in NINE, prime time, HIT series, and has established himself solidly in both the areas of comedy and drama. Hal's latest projects include Disney Family Channel's "Snow 2: Brain Freeze" and Hallmark's "Generation Gap" - both released 2008...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Marshall Rhodes" ” - gattonero975
 
29.
Fred Williamson
Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet handsome 6' 3" Williamson first came to attention in the TV series Julia playing love interest...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Snake McKay" ” - gattonero975
 
30.
Francine York
Francine was born in the small mining town of Aurora, Minnesota to her parents, Frank and Sophie Yerich. When Francine was five, her family (including her younger sister, Deanne) moved to Cleveland, where she began to write short stories and take an interest in acting. At age nine, Francine made her theatrical debut in the Hodge Grammar School production of Cinderella...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Faye" ” - gattonero975
 
31.
Scott Brady
He had the manly good looks and rugged appeal to make it to top stardom in Hollywood and succeeded quite well as a sturdy leading man of standard action on film and TV. Born in Brooklyn on September 13, 1924, Irish-American Scott Brady was christened Gerard Kenneth Tierney (called Jerry) by parents Lawrence and Maria Tierney...
“ "Vinnie"

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) ” - gattonero975
 
32.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Mrs. McKay" ” - gattonero975
 
33.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Dave Rawlins" ” - gattonero975
 
34.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1
Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973)
"Man at Table with Snake McKay" (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
35.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Harriet Parsons" ” - gattonero975
 
36.
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Detective #2 - 1st Supermarket Robbery" ” - gattonero975
 
37.
John Larch
Instantly recognizable American character actor with bulbous nose and heavily lined face, who could convey integrity or menace to equal effect. He first came to prominence on radio as (Captain) Starr of Space (1953), using ray guns to combat Martians and alien queens. Beginning in 1953, Larch accumulated an impressive resume of TV series credits...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2
Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)
"Maury" ” - gattonero975
 
38.
James Luisi
A native New Yorker, James Luisi attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on a basketball scholarship. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He then played one season (1953-54) with the Baltimore Bullets in the National Basketball Association. His acting career began on the stage with early parts coming in the Broadway musicals "Sweet Charity" and "Zorba"...
“ Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0
Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973)
"Toby O'Brien" (as Jim Luisi) ” - gattonero975