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(1961–1966)

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The five symbols written on the blackboard at the start of each episode represent man, woman, birth, death and infinity.
Specialist Dr. Ben Casey is a neurosurgeon.
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Russell Johnson tried out for the role of Dr. Ben Casey, but wasn't chosen. He next auditioned for the part of "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island (1964) and got it.
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Cliff Robertson and Jack Lord turned down the role of Ben Casey.
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Dr. Zorba was originally named Dr. Rosenberg. But ABC insisted his name to be changed because they did not want the character to be Jewish. Creator James E. Moser cast Sam Jaffe to play Zorba with a Yiddish accent to emphasize that the character was meant to be Jewish.
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Bettye Ackerman, who played the recurring character Dr. Maggie Graham, was married to Sam Jaffe in real life.
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Ben Casey was based on a real-life neurosurgeon, Dr. Allan 'Max' Warner. Dr. Warner later changed his specialty to psychiatry because he believed that his association with the show prevented him from being a board certified neurologist.
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Sam Jaffe left the show due to conflicts with Vince Edwards. Guest star Sammy Davis Jr. and director Jerry Lewis also had conflicts with Edwards.
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According to director Mark Rydell, Vince Edwards had a gambling problem. Edwards demanded to film all of his scenes first so that he could leave the set and go to a racetrack. According to Harry Landers, Edwards also constantly asked the cast and crew for money to gamble with and leave the set for hours at a time.
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According to Harry Landers, Franchot Tone was constantly drunk on the set. In episodes which Landers directed, he always had Tone sitting down to stop him from swaying.
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