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"The F.B.I." (1965) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1965-1974

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Release Date:
19 September 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This show is appropriate for the post-9/11 generation See more (16 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 625)

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Inspector Lewis Erskine (241 episodes, 1965-1974)
Philip Abbott ... Arthur Ward (219 episodes, 1965-1974)
Marvin Miller ... Narrator / ... (168 episodes, 1966-1974)
William Reynolds ... Special Agent Tom Colby / ... (156 episodes, 1966-1974)
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Series Directed by
Virgil W. Vogel (37 episodes, 1969-1974)
Don Medford (32 episodes, 1965-1974)
Jesse Hibbs (28 episodes, 1966-1970)
William Hale (17 episodes, 1967-1971)
Ralph Senensky (16 episodes, 1966-1972)
Christian Nyby (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert Douglas (13 episodes, 1967-1974)
Robert Day (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Philip Abbott (8 episodes, 1970-1974)
Gene Nelson (7 episodes, 1967-1970)
William A. Graham (6 episodes, 1965)
Seymour Robbie (6 episodes, 1971-1974)
Paul Wendkos (5 episodes, 1966)
Earl Bellamy (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
William Wiard (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lewis Allen (3 episodes, 1966-1968)
Michael O'Herlihy (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
Carl Barth (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Walter Grauman (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
George McCowan (2 episodes, 1968)
Nicholas Webster (2 episodes, 1971)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Arnold Laven (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Philip Leacock (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Marc Daniels (2 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Writing credits
Mark Rodgers (31 episodes, 1965-1974)
Robert Heverly (30 episodes, 1968-1973)
Mark Weingart (15 episodes, 1967-1973)
Gerald Sanford (13 episodes, 1966-1972)
Norman Jolley (12 episodes, 1965-1971)
Don Brinkley (11 episodes, 1965-1971)
Charles Larson (11 episodes, 1965-1969)
Ed Waters (11 episodes, 1971-1973)
Robert M. Young (8 episodes, 1970-1973)
Calvin Clements Sr. (7 episodes, 1972-1974)
Robert Leslie Bellem (6 episodes, 1965-1967)
Anthony Spinner (6 episodes, 1966-1970)
Andy Lewis (6 episodes, 1966-1969)
Norman Lessing (5 episodes, 1965-1973)
David W. Rintels (5 episodes, 1965-1970)
E. Arthur Kean (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Warren Duff (5 episodes, 1969-1972)
Jack Turley (4 episodes, 1969-1973)
Dick Nelson (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert C. Dennis (3 episodes, 1967-1973)
Robert I. Holt (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
John D.F. Black (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Paul Schneider (3 episodes, 1968)
Robert W. Lenski (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ron Bishop (2 episodes, 1966-1971)
Robert J. Shaw (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Leonard Kantor (2 episodes, 1966)
Daniel B. Ullman (2 episodes, 1966)
John W. Bloch (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Barry Oringer (2 episodes, 1968-1973)
Peter Allan Fields (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
Albert Aley (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Arthur Heinemann (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert Soderberg (2 episodes, 1968)
Benjamin Masselink (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Irv Pearlberg (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Richard H. Landau (2 episodes, 1974)
S.S. Schweitzer (2 episodes, 1974)

Series Produced by
Quinn Martin .... executive producer (221 episodes, 1965-1974)
Adrian Samish .... supervising producer (131 episodes, 1968-1974)
Charles Larson .... producer (114 episodes, 1965-1969)
Mark Weingart .... associate producer (103 episodes, 1968-1972)
Philip Saltzman .... producer (103 episodes, 1969-1973)
Norman Jolley .... associate producer (68 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert Heverly .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Mark Rodgers .... associate producer (18 episodes, 1967-1968)
Anthony Spinner .... producer (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper (23 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard Markowitz (15 episodes, 1965-1972)
Sidney Cutner (14 episodes, 1966-1970)
Duane Tatro (10 episodes, 1968-1972)
John Elizalde (5 episodes, 1968-1971)
Willard Jones (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
Leo Arnaud (2 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Cinematography by
William W. Spencer (146 episodes, 1965-1973)
Robert C. Moreno (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jack Swain (11 episodes, 1970-1971)
Andrew J. McIntyre (5 episodes, 1966)
Fred Mandl (4 episodes, 1970)
Robert J. Bronner (3 episodes, 1966)
William T. Cline (3 episodes, 1967)
Robert Hoffman (2 episodes, 1965-1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
Marston Fay (63 episodes, 1966-1972)
Jodie Copelan (39 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jerry Young (27 episodes, 1965-1970)
Thomas Neff (23 episodes, 1965-1970)
Donald Hoskinson (14 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ray Daniels (3 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Casting by
Bert Remsen (25 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Art Direction by
Richard Y. Haman (206 episodes, 1965-1974)
Dale Hennesy (11 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Hoyle Barrett (196 episodes, 1965-1974)
 
Series Makeup Department
Dan Greenway .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1965-1967)
William Turner .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Production Management
Arthur Fellows .... in charge of production / executive in charge of production (186 episodes, 1966-1974)
Dick Gallegly .... production manager / unit production manager (142 episodes, 1966-1973)
Howard P. Alston .... production manager / executive production manager (121 episodes, 1965-1974)
Adrian Samish .... executive in charge of production / in charge of production (56 episodes, 1966-1968)
Wilbur Mosier .... unit production manager (38 episodes, 1967-1968)
Glenn Cook .... unit production manager / post-production supervisor (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Walter Coblenz .... unit production manager (24 episodes, 1969-1970)
John Elizalde .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 1965-1967)
Paul Wurtzel .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1968-1973)
Ben Chapman .... production manager (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Wurtzel .... assistant director (72 episodes, 1965-1973)
Phil Cook .... assistant director (60 episodes, 1966-1973)
Carl Barth .... second unit director / assistant director (29 episodes, 1967-1972)
David Whorf .... assistant director / first assistant director (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1971-1972)
David Hawks .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jack Cunningham .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robert Daley .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1967)
Donald Roberts .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1967)
Maurice Vaccarino .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
William McGarry .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1968)
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1973)

Craig Huston .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
Wilbur Mosier .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Robert Rubin .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
William L. Stevenson .... sound effects editor (9 episodes, 1965-1967)
Francis E. Stahl .... production mixer / production sound mixer (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
William A. Phillips .... sound effects editor (7 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert B. Lee .... production sound mixer / production mixer (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts / stunt double / ... (10 episodes, 1965-1974)
Larry Holt .... stunts (8 episodes, 1968-1974)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (4 episodes, 1973)

Bill Catching .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Loren Janes .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Paul McWilliams .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Regina Parton .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Rick Sawaya .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
David Sharpe .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Dean Smith .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Bird .... chief electrician (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
John F. Baron .... chief electrician (3 episodes, 1967)
George Bennett .... chief electrician (2 episodes, 1966)

Paul Jacobsen .... electrician (unknown episodes, 1966)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward McDermott .... wardrobe supervisor (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Editorial Department
Carl Barth .... editorial coordinator (29 episodes, 1965-1967)
Richard K. Brockway .... editorial supervisor (6 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ray Daniels .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Loeffler .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Bob Piercy .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Donald Hoskinson .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1966-1967)

Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: theme music / composer: series theme / ... (198 episodes, 1965-1974)
Ken Wilhoit .... music editor / music supervisor (77 episodes, 1970-1974)
John Elizalde .... music supervisor / composer: stock music (76 episodes, 1968-1973)
Dominic Frontiere .... conductor / music conductor (61 episodes, 1965-1967)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ted Roberts .... music editor (12 episodes, 1965-1967)
Richard Markowitz .... composer: stock music (6 episodes, 1967-1971)
Joe Tuley .... music editor (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation dispatcher (26 episodes, 1971-1972)
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Other crew
John Conwell .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to producer / ... (218 episodes, 1965-1974)
Robert Heverly .... story consultant (76 episodes, 1969-1972)
Mark Rodgers .... story consultant (38 episodes, 1966-1967)
Arthur Fellows .... assistant to executive producer (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
John D. Craig .... technical advisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gerald Sanford .... story consultant (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert Leslie Bellem .... story consultant (25 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Fried .... story editor (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Maharis .... location manager (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Arthur Weingarten .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Thanks
J. Edgar Hoover .... appreciation to (4 episodes, 1970)
 

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Runtime:
60 min (239 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
In the closing credits, Inspector Erskine (Efram Zimbalist, JR) could always be seen driving off in the current years Ford Mustang.See more »
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Soundtrack:
F.B.I. ThemeSee more »

FAQ

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
This show is appropriate for the post-9/11 generation, 18 December 2003
Author: tforbes-2 from Massachusetts, USA

For years, this show ran opposite the Disney show and "Bonanza," yet I personally preferred watching this one because it seemed more realistic. Years later, it is clear this show is still VERY watchable. Watergate, the loss of faith in government it caused and the resulting trauma led to the show being canceled in 1974.

Never mind what went on in J. Edgar Hoover's life. The show is acted with a genuine sincerity, and reflects the decency of the majority of the FBI agents in the field. The acting is very good, and one can also see many interesting guest stars. Just seeing Efrem Zimbalist Jr. alone is a delight. Indeed, it took over the mantle for "The Twilight Zone," as a show where so many performers could show their work. Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas did early performances, and it also had such seasoned performers as Gene Tierney and Jessica Tandy.

This was one show that may not have had the flash of "Batman," "The Avengers" or "The Smothers Brothers Show," but it had enough staying power to last nine years. And for a time, it was the longest-running crime drama on TV.

The first season focused more on the human element. While the late Stephen Brooks was a good actor, I loved what William Reynolds did as SAC Tom Colby from 1967 to 1973. Shelly Novack also did a great job, proving the show did not "jump the shark." Incidentally, Messrs. Zimbalist and Reynolds and Lynn Loring (who played Inspector Erskine's daughter, Barbara) are, as of 2012, the surviving lead cast members.

If the show itself did not fully reflect the reality of the Bureau, the stories told and the acting make up for it. It is a fun piece of film making from the 1960s and '70s. And I am glad to see the series coming on DVD.

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