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

by gattonero975 | created - 21 Mar 2013 | updated - 31 Dec 2015 | Public

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."

1. Morris Buchanan

Actor | Coffy

Morris Buchanan was born on February 26, 1923 in Riverside, California, USA as Morris Alex Buchanan. He was an actor, known for Coffy (1973), St. Ives (1976) and Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955). He was married to Noella Austin. He died on August 14, 2014 in Riverside.

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Detective #1"

2. Michael Ansara

Actor | The Message

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Baldy"

3. Elizabeth Ashley

Actress | Stagecoach

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,...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Jannette Johnson"

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 (1970) 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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Lt. Dave Blodgett"

5. Diane Baker

Actress | Marnie

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Jenny Dale"

6. Chuck Connors

Actor | Soylent Green

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Slow Boy"

7. Patrick Cranshaw

Actor | Old School

Patrick Cranshaw was born on June 17, 1919 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA as Joseph Patrick Cranshaw. He was an actor, known for Old School (2003), Nothing to Lose (1997) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). He was married to Afyphee Shaw. He died on December 28, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Man #2" (as Pat Cranshaw)

8. Mwako Cumbuka

Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Mwako Cumbuka was born on September 1, 1950 in the USA. He is an actor, known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Coffy (1973) and Police Woman (1974).

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Willy"

9. Kevin Dobson

Actor | Knots Landing

Kevin Dobson was born on March 18, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA as Kevin Patrick Dobson. He is an actor and director, known for Knots Landing (1979), Kojak (1973) and 1408 (2007). He has been married to Susan Dobson since 1968. They have three children.

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Patrolman" (as Keven Dobson)

10. David Doyle

Actor | Capricorn One

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Kurt Mueller"

11. James Farentino

Actor | Bulletproof

James Farentino was born on February 24, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Ferdinand James Ferrantino. He was an actor, known for Bulletproof (1996), The Final Countdown (1980) and Dead & Buried (1981). He was married to Stella Farentino, Debrah Farentino, Michele Lee and Elizabeth Ashley. He ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Charlie Czonka"

12. Sharon Farrell

Actress | Can't Buy Me Love

Sharon Farrell was born on December 24, 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA as Sharon Forsmoe. She is an actress, known for Can't Buy Me Love (1987), Night of the Comet (1984) and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983). She was previously married to Dale Trevillion, Steve Salkin, John Boyer, Ron De Biasio and Andrew ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Bobbie"

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Stan"

14. Harry Guardino

Actor | Dirty Harry

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Sgt. Solly 'Sal Pickles' Piccolini"

15. Tony Lo Bianco

Actor | The French Connection

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. ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Tony Calabrese"

16. Dianne Hull

Actress | Amazing Stories

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Patty Fresno"

17. John Karlen

Actor | Cagney & Lacey

John Karlen was born on May 28, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as John Adam Karlewicz. He is an actor, known for Cagney & Lacey (1981), House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Dark Shadows (1966). He was previously married to Betty Karlen.

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Detective #1 - 1st Supermarket Robbery"

18. Stephen Manley

Actor | The Haves and the Have Nots

Stephen Manley is a veteran actor of film and television for over 40 years. His experience includes working on shows such as "All in the Family" (1971), "Emergency!"(1972), "The Love Boat" (1979), "Little House on the Prairie"(1981), and a coveted role as "Young Spock" in the film "Star Trek III: ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) ???

19. Janet Margolin

Actress | David and Lisa

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Marilyn"

20. Ralph Meeker

Actor | Kiss Me Deadly

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Chief Harry Stahlgaher"

21. Don Meredith

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Don Meredith was born on April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas, USA as Joseph Don Meredith. He was an actor, known for NFL Monday Night Football (1970), McCloud (1970) and Police Story (1973). He was married to Susan Schloss Lessans, Cheryl King and Alma Lynne Shamburger. He died on December 5, ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Officer Bert Jameson"

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Sgt. Joe LaFreida"

23. John Bennett Perry

Actor | George of the Jungle

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Sgt. Chick Torpi"

24. Barbara Rhoades

Actress | Harry and Tonto

Barbara Rhoades was born on March 23, 1946 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Harry and Tonto (1974), The Goodbye Girl (1977) and Busting Loose (1977). She has been married to Bernie Orenstein since February 18, 1979. They have one child.

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Marnie"

25. Mews Small

Actress | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Mews Small was born on March 20, 1942 in Pasadena, California, USA. She is an actress, known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Sleeper (1973) and Man on the Moon (1999).

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Shirley" (as Marya Small)

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' ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Lassiter"

27. Kenneth Tobey

Actor | The Thing from Another World

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "McWalters" (as Ken Tobey)

28. Hal Williams

Actor | Guess Who

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 (2008) and Hallmark's Generation Gap ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Marshall Rhodes"

29. Fred Williamson

Actor | MASH

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Snake McKay"

30. Francine York

Actress | The Family Man

Francine York 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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Faye"

31. Scott Brady

Actor | Gremlins

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...

"Vinnie"

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973)

32. Chelsea Brown

Actress | The Thing with Two Heads

Chelsea Brown was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Lois Brown. She passed away from pneumonia March 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

She was an actress, comedienne, singer and dancer perhaps best known for being the first African-American series regular in the iconic, ground-breaking American TV ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Mrs. McKay"

33. Charles Dierkop

Actor | The Sting

Charles Dierkop was born on September 11, 1936 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as Charles Richard Dierkop. He is an actor, known for The Sting (1973), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). He was previously married to Joan F. Addis.

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Dave Rawlins"

34. Lee Duncan

Actor | Mission: Impossible

Lee Duncan is known for his work on Mission: Impossible (1966), Boston Legal (2004) and Picket Fences (1992).

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 1 Dangerous Games (2 Oct. 1973) "Man at Table with Snake McKay" (uncredited)

35. Kim Hamilton

Actress | The Guiding Light

Kim Hamilton was born on September 12, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Dorothy May Aiken. She was an actress, known for Guiding Light (1952), Body and Soul (1981) and The Wild Angels (1966). She was married to Werner Klemperer and Robert Henry Hamilton. She died on September 16, 2013 in Los...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Harriet Parsons"

36. Taylor Lacher

Actor | Cade's County

Taylor Lacher was born on April 2, 1942 in Pittsburg, Kansas, USA as Bluford Taylor Lacher Jr. He is known for his work on Cade's County (1971), Mr. Majestyk (1974) and Ruckus (1980). He died on June 21, 2005 in Killen, Alabama, USA.

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Detective #2 - 1st Supermarket Robbery"

37. John Larch

Actor | Dirty Harry

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 2 Requiem for an Informer (9 Oct. 1973) "Maury"

38. James Luisi

Actor | First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington

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 ...

Police Story: Season 1, Episode 0 Slow Boy (20 Mar. 1973) "Toby O'Brien" (as Jim Luisi)