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Nero Wolfe 

The short-lived adventures of portly detective Nero Wolfe, who would rather eat and tend to his orchids than hit the streets tracking down leads. That's why he hired hunky Archie Goodwin, ... See full summary »
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1981  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
William Conrad ...  Nero Wolfe 14 episodes, 1981
Lee Horsley ...  Archie Goodwin 14 episodes, 1981
George Voskovec ...  Fritz Brenner 14 episodes, 1981
Robert Coote ...  Theodore Horstmann 14 episodes, 1981
Allan Miller ...  Inspector Cramer 12 episodes, 1981
George Wyner ...  Saul Panzer 11 episodes, 1981
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The short-lived adventures of portly detective Nero Wolfe, who would rather eat and tend to his orchids than hit the streets tracking down leads. That's why he hired hunky Archie Goodwin, who provides the brawn that complements Wolfe's brains. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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USA

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English

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16 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ниро Вульф See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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NBC purchased the television rights to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories for a proposed series that would have starred Orson Welles as Wolfe. Unfortunately, Welles and the network could not come to terms (NBC wanted a weekly series; Welles wanted to do a series of 90 minute movies to be filmed at his home). Ultimately, NBC launched this one-hour Nero Wolfe series with William Conrad in the title role. See more »

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Spun-off from Nero Wolfe (1979) See more »

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Bad badder baddest
2 July 2003 | by McVoutySee all my reviews

William Conrad starred as Frank Cannon in the above-average QM TV series Cannon, but he was a lousy Nero Wolfe. As a matter of fact, I challenge any viewer to name anything different in his portrayal of those two detectives. Conrad was a limited actor who only ever portrayed one character: William Conrad. (A great radio actor, though; he was Marshall Dillon on Gunsmoke on the radio, among other things. What a voice!) Lee Horsley was a good Archie Goodwin, but Alan Miller as Cramer was a hopeless piece of miscasting. The series thankfully was cancelled very quickly, and the Wolfe legend lives on through the novels. (BTW, the A&E series with Maury Chaykin and Timothy Hutton is quite good and worth watching for cast member Kari Matchett alone.)


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