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20 September 1978 (USA) See more »
Dan Tanna is a private investigator in the gambling town of Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas can be seedy or glamorous... See more »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 124)

Robert Urich ... Dan Tanna (69 episodes, 1978-1981)

Bart Braverman ... Bobby 'Binzer' Borso (69 episodes, 1978-1981)

Phyllis Davis ... Beatrice Travis (69 episodes, 1978-1981)

Greg Morris ... Lt. David Nelson / ... (57 episodes, 1978-1981)

Series Directed by
Don Chaffey (17 episodes, 1978-1981)
Cliff Bole (13 episodes, 1979-1981)
Lawrence Dobkin (5 episodes, 1978-1980)
Lawrence Doheny (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ray Austin (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Alf Kjellin (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Michael S. McLean (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Charlie Picerni (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Paul Stanley (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sutton Roley (2 episodes, 1978)
Phil Bondelli (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Dennis Donnelly (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Writing credits
Michael Mann (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Robert Earll (8 episodes, 1979-1981)
Herman Groves (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
Burton Armus (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Judy Burns (5 episodes, 1979-1981)
Larry Forrester (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Anne Collins (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
E. Nick Alexander (4 episodes, 1978-1980)
David P. Harmon (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
James Schmerer (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bill Stratton (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Pat Dunlop (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Robert E. Swanson (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Dallas L. Barnes (2 episodes, 1979)
Gerry Davis (2 episodes, 1979)
Chick Vennera (2 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Douglas S. Cramer .... executive producer (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
E. Duke Vincent .... supervising producer / producer / ... (61 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jeffrey M. Hayes .... associate producer / producer: Las Vegas (55 episodes, 1978-1981)
Philip D. Fehrle .... producer / producer: Las Vegas (28 episodes, 1979-1980)
Larry Forrester .... producer / producer: Los Angeles (23 episodes, 1979-1980)
Herman Groves .... producer: Los Angeles (23 episodes, 1980-1981)
John B. Moranville .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Alan Godfrey .... producer (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dennis C. Duckwall .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Shorty Rogers (7 episodes, 1978-1981)
Artie Kane (7 episodes, 1979-1981)
Mark Snow (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Duane Tatro (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ben Lanzarone (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
John E. Davis (2 episodes, 1981)

John Beal (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Richard C. Glouner (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Lamar Boren (10 episodes, 1979)

Edward R. Plante (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Dennis C. Duckwall (13 episodes, 1978-1980)
Michael B. Hoggan (9 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bernard Balmuth (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Geoffrey Rowland (5 episodes, 1981)
Michael F. Anderson (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Gill (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Patrick M. Ryan (2 episodes, 1978)
Stanley Wohlberg (2 episodes, 1979)
Jack Hofstra (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Casting by
Gary Shaffer (68 episodes, 1978-1981)
Robin Lippin (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Art Direction by
Jan Van Tamelen (43 episodes, 1978-1981)
Gibson Holley (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Set Decoration by
Jim Duffy (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Patricia Suzanne Bruner (10 episodes, 1979)
Victoria Hugo (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Buck Henshaw (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Costume Design by
Nolan Miller (23 episodes, 1979-1981)
Series Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (41 episodes, 1978-1981)
Brenda Boyd Bishop .... hair stylist (26 episodes, 1979-1981)
Allen Payne .... hair department head (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Delree F. Todd .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Caren Dahy .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Production Management
Norman Henry .... executive production manager (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Al Kraus .... supervising production manager (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Mel A. Bishop .... production manager (42 episodes, 1978-1981)
Dick Reilly .... post-production supervisor (32 episodes, 1978-1980)
Edward E. Vaughan .... unit production manager (21 episodes, 1980-1981)
Don Hall .... post-production supervisor (13 episodes, 1981)
Don Goldman .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
James M. Walters Jr. .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 1978)
Bill Derwin .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1979)
James A. Westman .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chase Newhart .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bruce A. Simon .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jeff Srednick .... second assistant director (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bob Mayberry .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1980-1981)
Nick Smirnoff .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1980-1981)
Charles Washburn .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Ziker .... second unit director (7 episodes, 1978-1981)
Thomas Foulkes .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Catherine McCabe .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1979)
John D. Benson .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Robert Odom .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Art Department
Gordon Kirschbaum .... supervising construction coordinator (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Victor Hergert .... construction coordinator (67 episodes, 1978-1981)
Robert M. Anderson .... property master (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Coleman .... property master (21 episodes, 1979-1981)
Larry Clark Bird .... property master (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Sound Department
Pat Mitchell .... sound engineer (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Vince Garcia .... sound engineer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jim Yant .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jules Nayfack .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1980)

John S. Coffey .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Robert 'Bobby' Rouge .... utility sound technician (unknown episodes)
Greg P. Russell .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Paul Wolfe .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Dutch Van Derbyl .... special effects (25 episodes, 1978-1980)
Don B. Courtney .... special effects (19 episodes, 1980-1981)
Series Stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunt arranger / stunt coordinator (44 episodes, 1978-1981)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Heather Menzies / stunt double: Strother Martin (2 episodes, 1978-1979)

Lightning Bear .... additional stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Cangey .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tom Elliott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary Epper .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Sherry Peterson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ran Ballard .... electrician (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Don Marshall .... gaffer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Michael McGreevy .... key grip (22 episodes, 1980-1981)

Don E. FauntLeRoy .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Gary Huddleston .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Robert F. Liu .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eilish Zebrasky .... costumer: women (23 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bucky Rous .... costumer: men (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Peggy Thorin .... costumer: women (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ronn Rynhart .... costumer: men (18 episodes, 1980-1981)
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumer: men (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Editorial Department
Michael S. McLean .... supervising film editor (46 episodes, 1978-1981)
Arnold Baker .... assistant post-production supervisor (17 episodes, 1980-1981)
Series Music Department
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Dominic Frontiere .... composer: theme music (62 episodes, 1978-1981)
Greg Patterson .... assistant music editor (2 episodes, 1979)
Dino A. Moriana .... music editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Transportation Department
Pete Johnson .... transportation captain (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Kenny Searle .... transportation captain (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Roger Wooge .... driver (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Harry Ueshiro .... transportation captain (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Other crew
Phill Norman .... title design / title designer (68 episodes, 1978-1981)
Bill Sheally .... location auditor (29 episodes, 1978-1980)
Robert Earll .... executive story consultant (24 episodes, 1979-1981)
Burton Armus .... executive story consultant (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Faye Brenner .... script supervisor (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Anne Collins .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Mary Howard .... location auditor (16 episodes, 1980-1981)
Larry Forrester .... executive story consultant (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
E. Nick Alexander .... story consultant / executive story consultant (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Helen Parker .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bret Garwood .... executive coordinator (9 episodes, 1981)
Judy Redlin .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1979)
Paul Tinsley .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1979)

Sheila Menzies .... photo double / stand-in (unknown episodes)
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Leonard Martin .... acknowledgment: executive producer of Folies Bergere / acknowledgment: producer "The Tropicana Dancers" (4 episodes, 1980-1981)

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60 min (68 episodes)
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The name "Dan Tanna" was taken from the name of a favorite restaurant of Aaron Spelling on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. Dan Tana's Restaurant is still in business as of November 2008.See more »
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Referenced in Repo Man (1984)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Vegas, I saw it being shot.., 3 January 2006
Author: delattig from United States

Funny story, I went to Vegas when I was 16 in 1980 and my Dad kept teasing my buddy and me we'd see Dan Tanna. We went by the "warehouse" where he lived and it was there alright, right behind the strip but instead of a bachelors pad with cool antiques and props there was an older contractor inside smoking a cigarette and cutting a board with a power saw. He said he owned the warehouse and leased it to the "TV Folks". I did see some props, like a jet ski that you'd see hanging on the garage wall when Tanna pulled was nothing more than a painted jet ski on a paper thin piece of wood. There were plastic plants in the planters outside though complete with the Desert Inn sign..Anyway, we left and were heading down the strip. There I sat, slumped down in the back seat, dejected that I'd never see Dan...when low and behold and pickup truck with a guy operating a film camera passes us. I look out the window and up pulls ol'Dan in his flame red t-bird..white suit jacket and a nun in the passenger seat! I was going to a catholic high school at the time so I said it figured there would be a nun involved. My buddy and I start hollering for my Dad to pull over because the entire film crew pulled into a nearby parking lot. While my Mom ran to get film from a souvenir shop, we ran over to the T-Bird. There it was, the car of my dreams in all it's glory with an overheated engine. The production director told us not to get to close, but we looked over and Urich was talking with the "Nun" while holding a script. WOW. We were in hog heaven. I talked to the guys about the car for about half an hour and they told me all kinds of things about it, like there were two of em..One stock for up close shots and another that was for had a big dodge engine in it, and a button on the shifter that would lock the back wheels, so they could screech around corners. The guys also pointed out the hub caps were bolted on with tiny screws because they kept flying off during chase scenes. They also told me it was originally a white 57 that had been painted a 1978 corvette red rather than the flame red that ford produced. The funniest part of the whole day was that Urich was trying to lay low and had taken off his white jacket and was wearing a green dress shirts with blue tennis shorts and sneakers..As he was standing in the shade, a dozen or so Asian tourist saw him and the car and ran over like a buffalo herd yelling.."Dan Tanna" Dan Tanna!!!" Urich was swamped and signing of the tourist showed me a piece of paper Urich had signed and he had written.."Dan Tanna" instead of "Robert Urich"..Anyway, I was thrilled to see the car and some 18 years later I found the car(s)..but thats another story for another time.

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