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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 72)

Ron Perlman ... Vincent (55 episodes, 1987-1990)

Roy Dotrice ... Jacob 'Father' Wells (55 episodes, 1987-1990)

Jay Acovone ... Deputy D.A. Joe Maxwell / ... (55 episodes, 1987-1990)

Richard Partlow ... Underground Man (54 episodes, 1987-1990)

Linda Hamilton ... Asst. Dist. Atty. Catherine Chandler (46 episodes, 1987-1989)

Renn Woods ... Edie (42 episodes, 1987-1989)

Series Directed by
Victor Lobl (15 episodes, 1988-1990)
Gus Trikonis (12 episodes, 1988-1990)
Thomas J. Wright (9 episodes, 1987-1989)
Christopher Leitch (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Cooke (2 episodes, 1987)
Paul Lynch (2 episodes, 1987)
Michael Switzer (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
Ron Koslow (46 episodes, 1987-1990)
Alex Gansa (17 episodes, 1987-1990)
Howard Gordon (17 episodes, 1987-1990)
George R.R. Martin (14 episodes, 1987-1990)
P.K. Simonds (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Virginia Aldridge (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Linda Campanelli (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
M.M. Shelly Moore (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
David E. Peckinpah (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Andrew Laskos (2 episodes, 1987-1989)

Series Produced by
Stephen Kurzfeld .... supervising producer / co-supervising producer / ... (47 episodes, 1987-1990)
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer (44 episodes, 1987-1990)
Tony Thomas .... executive producer (44 episodes, 1987-1990)
Ron Koslow .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (39 episodes, 1987-1990)
Kenneth R. Koch .... producer (37 episodes, 1988-1990)
George R.R. Martin .... producer / co-supervising producer (37 episodes, 1988-1990)
Anthony Mazzei .... associate producer (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
David F. Schwartz .... coordinating producer / assistant producer (34 episodes, 1988-1990)
Alex Gansa .... co-producer / producer (31 episodes, 1988-1990)
Howard Gordon .... co-producer / producer (31 episodes, 1988-1990)
Christopher Toyne .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Patricia Livingston .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
David E. Peckinpah .... producer (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Harvey Frand .... producer (10 episodes, 1987)
John David .... co-producer (9 episodes, 1987)
Andrew Laskos .... producer (5 episodes, 1987)
Series Original Music by
Don Davis (48 episodes, 1987-1990)
Lee Holdridge (7 episodes, 1987-1989)
William Ross (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Cinematography by
Stevan Larner (33 episodes, 1988-1990)
Roy H. Wagner (5 episodes, 1987)
Bradford May (4 episodes, 1987)
Frank Beascoechea (4 episodes, 1988)
Series Film Editing by
Drake Silliman (16 episodes, 1987-1990)
Craig Ridenour (10 episodes, 1987-1989)
Howard Kunin (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
J.W. Kompare (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael F. Anderson (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Bud Friedgen (2 episodes, 1989)
Kaja Fehr (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Casting by
Joyce Agu (42 episodes, 1987-1990)
Penny Ellers (42 episodes, 1987-1990)
Series Production Design by
John B. Mansbridge (44 episodes, 1987-1990)
Ward Preston (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Art Direction by
Woody Willis (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
Joseph E. Hubbard (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Series Set Decoration by
Peg Cummings (26 episodes, 1987-1989)
Bruce A. Gibeson (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Leonard A. Mazzola (5 episodes, 1987)
Robert L. Zilliox (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (43 episodes, 1987-1990)
Series Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... designer and creator: "Beast" / designer: "Dragon Man" (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Margaret Prentice .... lead prosthetic makeup artist: beast makeup - Vincent (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor (34 episodes, 1988-1990)
Josephine McCarthy .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
Tim Turner .... beast crew: Rick Baker (11 episodes, 1987)
Gloria Montemayor .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1987)
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1987)
Gus Le Pre .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1988-1990)
Charlene Johnson .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1990)
Vincent Prentice .... application: "Dragon Man" / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Tony Gardner .... beast crew: Rick Baker (unknown episodes)
Jim Leonard .... beast crew: Rick Baker (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
R. Anthony Brown .... unit production manager (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
Harry Waterson .... executive in charge of production (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Susan Palladino .... executive in charge of production / production executive (10 episodes, 1987-1990)
James T. Davis .... unit production manager (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ann Kindberg .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1987)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Yannetti .... first assistant director (14 episodes, 1988-1990)
Joseph J. Kontra .... first assistant director / second assistant director (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Brooks Mendel .... dga trainee / second assistant director (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Richard Feld .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1988-1990)
John Hockridge .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Bruce Solow .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 1987)
Christopher T. Gerrity .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 1989)
Mary Ellen Canniff .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Debra DuVal .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1988)
Gabriela Vázquez .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1988)
Robert D. Simon .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)

Jodi Ehrlich .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Robert Farina .... main title design (31 episodes, 1988-1990)
Michael A. Contreraz .... labor foreman (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Bill Dietz .... property master (17 episodes, 1987-1990)
Allan Gordon .... property master (14 episodes, 1988-1990)
Wally Wall .... property master (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rich Hobaica .... property master (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Sound Department
Pat Mitchell .... sound mixer (42 episodes, 1987-1990)
David Hankins .... sound editor (34 episodes, 1988-1990)
Rick Ash .... sound mixer (27 episodes, 1987-1989)
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jim Fitzpatrick .... sound re-recording mixer (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Anthony Mazzei .... sound editor / supervising sound editor (9 episodes, 1987)
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound designer (3 episodes, 1987)
Andy D'Addario .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1987)

John S. Coffey .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Gary F. Bentley .... special effects coordinator (35 episodes, 1987-1990)
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator (8 episodes, 1987)
Series Stunts
John Meier .... stunt coordinator (29 episodes, 1988-1990)
Fred Lerner .... stunt coordinator (13 episodes, 1987-1988)

Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Charlie Brewer .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Justin De Rosa .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Thomas Dewier .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tony Epper .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Marguerite Happy .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jeff Imada .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Matt Johnston .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Hannah Kozak .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Scott Leva .... stunts (unknown episodes)
John Moio .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Tom Morga .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Janet Lee Orcutt .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Chad Randall .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Branscombe Richmond .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Danny Weselis .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Calvin Maehl .... gaffer (33 episodes, 1988-1990)
Vincent Contarino .... lighting technician (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit, additional photography (unknown episodes, 1987-1988)
Richard Benda .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Don E. FauntLeRoy .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Scott C. Williman .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Jason La Padura .... casting: New York (1 episode, 1987)
Stanley Soble .... casting: New York (1 episode, 1987)

Dorian Dunas .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Taylor .... costumer / costume supervisor (40 episodes, 1987-1990)
Ron Hodge .... costumer (39 episodes, 1987-1990)
Series Editorial Department
Tom Overton .... colorist (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
John Potter .... colorist (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
J.W. Kompare .... assistant editor (11 episodes, 1987-1989)

Warren Bowman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Lee Holdridge .... composer: theme music (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Carl Swartz .... music editor (20 episodes, 1988-1990)
Don Sanders .... music editor (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lori Slomka .... music editor (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Gloria Cheng .... musician: piano performances (2 episodes, 1988-1990)
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (2 episodes, 1988)

Don Nemitz .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Dennis Hollis .... transportation coordinator (1 episode, 1987)
Jeff Verdick .... driver (1 episode, 1987)

D. Scott Guthrie .... transportation (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Patience Thoreson .... script supervisor (14 episodes, 1988-1989)
Kathy Barrett .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Patricia Livingston .... literary consultant / story research (10 episodes, 1987-1989)
Linda Campanelli .... executive story editor (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sandy Mazzola .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
M.M. Shelly Moore .... executive story editor (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
P.K. Simonds .... story editor (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
George R.R. Martin .... executive story consultant (8 episodes, 1987)
Ron Koslow .... executive consultant (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Paul Tinsley .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1989)
Alex Gansa .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1988)
Howard Gordon .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1988)
Bill Pugin .... on-set interpreter (3 episodes, 1987-1990)
Lorenzo Marchessi .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Jennifer Irvine .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 1989-1990)
Sean Michael Fish .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Paul Hargrave .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Larry Pearson .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Harry Waterson .... production executive (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Patricia Livingston .... special thanks (3 episodes, 1987-1988)

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Ron Perlman (Vincent) and the only actor to appear in every episode of the series. and Roy Dotrice (Jacob "Father" Wells) appeared in only 54 episodes, he was not in the 2nd season episode 17 "Trial"See more »
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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Too strange to succeed on TV, 23 May 2004
Author: ( from Lincoln, Nebraska

When it became obvious that this series, which obviously aspired to be the next Star Trek (not just a TV show but a cult, complete with movies, action figures, conventions, t-shirts, books, calendars, etc.) had die-hard fans but not enough of them to sustain the phenomenon, I recall that CBS started running a little promotional blurb for it. The blurb was not very well done, but in any case concluded with the remark: "Are you ready for a different kind of passion?"

For good or ill, most people weren't. There's a lesson here, or several. I wish I knew what that message was. But here are some thoughts.

(1) We are told that the audience was heavily female. This is not at all surprising, since it's women who read what is called "romance", which its opponents call "mush": the lovers talking in flowery, quasi-religious language about their relationships; no development or change in the characters; and an absolute lack of humor. You find this sort of thing profound or silly, and in our society it seems the majority find it silly. Statistics suggest that significantly more women than men find it profound. This says something weird about our society, although (I repeat) I don't know exactly WHAT it says. That cheesy popular guru who writes about Mars and Venus appears not to know the half of it.

(2) On the other hand, a significant portion of our population likes "fantasy" (as opposed to "romance" in the narrow sense), as is proved by the popularity of the Lord of the Rings films. This series is just about the only unashamed fantasy (for adults) which TV seems to have produced with a mass audience in mind and without intending satire, a takeoff, or "camp." Which is, I suppose, why the promoters of this series thought they had a chance.

(3) I'm not a fan of what is called "romance" (few men are, as I've pointed out); in fact, the overly solemn Winter's Tale is the only Shakespeare play I don't like. And I don't especially like "fantasy", with a few exceptions. But I found this series strangely watchable, and others of my temperament have said the same. Few of the episodes had a plot worthy of the name, but it was often pleasant to hear Ron Perlman reciting poetry. The dialog had a kind of elegance to it, not at all common in TV, which I admit to enjoying. Sort of like enjoying opera, maybe. And Perlman (who from all accounts did take Beauty and the Beast very seriously) did a wonderful a job of acting, through all that getup.

(4) One fine day, Linda Hamilton decided she wasn't going to spend the rest of her life playing this goody-goody role, trying to breathe life into what she must have begun to see as rather bland and stilted dialog and a relationship which never changed or developed. I suppose it was at this point that the producers made a desperate effort to save the show by altering the whole thing to a dark, moody piece with suggestions of "The Shadow" or the "Dark Knight" side of Batman. And BANG, the last season was a totally different concept, in these terms: (a) there is violence and villainy, the nocturnal creep Gabriel, and in one episode Gabriel's Terminator-style henchman, all of which a lot of the original fans found disturbing; (b) Vincent and Catherine have a baby, which again grated on fans' nerves after they'd been hit over the head for two seasons with how platonic their relationship had been (c) bad symbolism, as when Diana the policewoman announces "This is Catherine Chandler's gun!" before shooting Gabriel in cold blood, as if Catherine had been the type who would have wanted revenge in any case; and so on.

So what is "A different kind of passion"? Well, for one thing, the platonic nature of the Vincent-Catherine relationship, which recalls such images as the knight who prefers to worship his lady chastely, from afar, rather than "defile" her. When women want their horny male companions to leave them alone, they say things like "Let's not ruin our friendship" and "You're making me uncomfortable." Well, maybe men should brood on that a little, and ask why so many female reviewers of this series are saying things like "Vincent is the greatest", "I'd love to have a man like Vincent", etc., and follow that up by asking what Vincent's got that we haven't. I'm serious. (A Don Juan could be defined as a jerk who PRETENDS to be "like Vincent" in order to control women, wouldn't you say?)

The last season, with its overthrow of many of the series' basic assumptions, shows how confused things can get when you wed a concept like Beauty and the Beast (which inherently caters to a niche audience) to TV (which inherently seeks a common denominator in its fans). The irony is that this show still has such a following. Not hard to understand, but ironic, that the fans of this series still hold their conventions, StarTrek style, and still hope for a movie. I wish them well.

And I hope that if someone who does figure out the significance of this series' failed attempt to "catch on" will be kind enough to enter a review at IMDb.

Indeed, maybe there's a good reason why Vincent and Catherine never kissed (leaving aside the last season, which doesn't count). What a drag it would be if the kiss turned him into a handsome prince! He would simply cease to be The Beast and would no longer concern us. Who would want Don Quixote without his delusions, or the Flying Dutchman with no curse on him? ... So here, at the end of my comments, we come at last to the beginning of the subject.

"Beauty and the Beast will be continued"? No kidding.

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