Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first, under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba, and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

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James E. Moser
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1966   1965   1964   1963   1962   1961  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Vince Edwards ...  Dr. Ben Casey 153 episodes, 1961-1966
Sam Jaffe ...  Dr. David Zorba 127 episodes, 1961-1965
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Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first, under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba, and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

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Trivia

Ben Casey was based on real-life neurosurgeon Dr. Allan "Max" Warner. Dr. Warner later changed his specialty to psychiatry, because he believed that his association with the show prevented him from being a board certified neurologist. See more »

Quotes

[Opening narration.]
Narrator: Man... woman... birth... death... infinity.
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Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: The Spanish Sketch (1963) See more »

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Ben Casey: the Ur Doctor
12 February 2009 | by lleopldnllSee all my reviews

Ben Casey was the greatest exemplar on TV of sixties confrontational characters. A dynamic professional above and beyond normal standards. If you were going to use him as a role model for your own career, you'd better be as brilliant as he was. You also have to have a brilliant mentor like Dr. Zorba who fully understands how brilliant you are and sees your career as virtually indispensable to the profession. I agree with the other member who compared him to Capt. Kirk. Kirk was in a more professionally secure place as captain of his own ship. If they served together, Ben might have physically intimidated him since he dominated scenes with such great actors as George C. Scott. Spock would have had a much better relationship with Casey than he did with McCoy. Neither of them suffered fools gladly. Casey would have known Vulcan, Klingon and Romulan physiology and psychology enough to impress Spock. Spock and Kirk would seek his advice on more than just medical matters.


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2 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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(153 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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