Ironside (TV Series 1967–1975) Poster



Star Raymond Burr injured his eyes working on the series. Being in a wheelchair, he had to look up directly into the hot lights used to film his scenes and his eyes were slightly burned.
NBC abruptly canceled the series in 1975 without airing three episodes: "The Organizer," "The Rolling Y" and "A Matter of Life or Death." Those segments eventually aired in syndication.
In the pilot Ironside wears a bandage on his right hand. This was not makeup. Raymond Burr injured the first two fingers of his hand when he fell after being "shot".
Barbara Anderson left the show after the 1970-1971 season because of a contract dispute.
Besides the injuries to his eyes, Raymond Burr suffered great physical stress from being in the wheelchair for extended periods of time.
Steven Bochco, who would later became one of the most successful television producers of the 1980's and 90's, worked on the series very early in his career. He had been hired by Executive Producer Frank Price at the start of the first season to write a few extra minutes worth of scenes in the first six episodes, which were too short. After looking at these episodes, Bochco asked Price if it was really necessary for him to do this for all six because he didn't think the show would last that long. According to Bochco, Price was not happy with the remark and this was the start of a strained relationship between the two of them that continued when Price was in charge of Universal Television and Bochco was a writer there.
A couple of episodes on the show acted as the pilots for the short lived series Sarge (1971) and Amy Prentiss (1974).
In many of the early episodes, Ironside and his team would drive around in an armored car. However, during the second season they replaced it with his more familiar van.
Actress Dana Wynter guest-starred playing different characters in 2 episodes. She would later portray Robert Ironside's wife in the 1993 reunion movie.
Ed served in the marines before he became a police officer.
As the show progressed, Mark went from being Ironside's bodyguard, to a full fledged police officer and eventually became an attorney in the final season.

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