A cop who's been sent to prison for killing his partner is freed by a lawyer who hires him as a private investigator.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Gabriel Bird (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Victoria Heller (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Empress Josephine (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Louis Klein (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Brian Grant ...
 Jamil Duke (21 episodes, 1990-1991)


A cop who's been sent to prison for killing his partner is freed by a lawyer who hires him as a private investigator.

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12 September 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A great venue for James Earl Jones' talent!
3 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It didn't run very long, but "Gabriel's Fire" is a fantastic series for anyone who wants to see the complete range of James Earl Jones' ability as an actor, and not only to hear the range of his beautiful voice! Even just the first episode gives him the chance to show off a broad range of emotion, of action, of genuinely slipping into his character -- the ex-cop, ex-con, Gabriel Bird.

The series begins with Bird in his twentieth year in prison for murder; he killed a white cop during a raid, and was convicted for this, but because of his exemplary military record, his sentence was reduced to life in prison. A friend of his in prison is murdered, bringing Bird through circumstances together with his friend's lawyer, and on this is built the premise of the series.

Jones does take over every scene he's in, but he's got rather an overwhelming personality on the screen; he can't help that, I think =D If you get a chance to see the series, take it!

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