Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. And they would each achieve notoriety in... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Ned Beatty ...  Otto Leo 3 episodes, 1984
Claude Akins ...  Uncle Bun Luther 3 episodes, 1984
Dinah Manoff ...  Missy Craymore 3 episodes, 1984
Debbie Allen ...  Regina Brown 3 episodes, 1984
Jennifer Warren ...  Martha Dalton 3 episodes, 1984
Hal Holbrook ...  Calvin Sledge 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Beck ...  T.J. Luther 3 episodes, 1984
Joseph Bottoms ...  Mack Crawford 3 episodes, 1984
Ben Masters ...  Kleber Cantrell 3 episodes, 1984
James Whitmore ...  Clifford Casey 3 episodes, 1984
Tess Harper ...  Susan French 3 episodes, 1984
Karen Austin ...  Ceil Shannon 3 episodes, 1984
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Mabel Hofmeyer 2 episodes, 1984
Rhonda Dotson Rhonda Dotson ...  Laurie Killman 2 episodes, 1984
Jerry Hardin ...  Jonah Job 2 episodes, 1984
Peter Nelson Peter Nelson ...  Jeffie Crawford 2 episodes, 1984
Anne Haney ...  Millie 2 episodes, 1984
Stephen Pearlman ...  Arnold Beckman 2 episodes, 1984
Kelli Maroney ...  Joanne 2 episodes, 1984
River Phoenix ...  Jeffie - Age 11 2 episodes, 1984
Benjamin Leighton Armstrong Benjamin Leighton Armstrong ...  The Minister 2 episodes, 1984
Mary Armstrong Mary Armstrong ...  Woman at Houston Playhouse 2 episodes, 1984
Nora Boland Nora Boland ...  Ruth Paine 2 episodes, 1984
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ...  Art 2 episodes, 1984
Kathleen Coyne ...  Bank Teller 2 episodes, 1984
Ted Demers Ted Demers ...  Bud 2 episodes, 1984
James Edgcomb James Edgcomb ...  Sergeant Finn 2 episodes, 1984
Howard Goodwin Howard Goodwin ...  Louie 2 episodes, 1984
Gordon Haight Gordon Haight ...  Jodie 2 episodes, 1984
Annie Heller-Gutwillig Annie Heller-Gutwillig ...  Jennie 2 episodes, 1984
Jay Louden Jay Louden ...  Richard 2 episodes, 1984
Jack Lucarelli ...  Jailer 2 episodes, 1984
John Morrissey ...  A.D. 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Ponzlov Fred Ponzlov ...  Theatre Manager 2 episodes, 1984
John Walsh ...  Newscaster #1 2 episodes, 1984
Lesa Weis Lesa Weis ...  Kate Carpenter 2 episodes, 1984


Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. And they would each achieve notoriety in their own way. Kleber would become a journalist. Mack would get by on his looks and would become a movie star. And T.J. who has a dark side would run all sorts of scams and would somehow become an evangelist. Written by

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Power. Passion. Glory. Murder. All in the first degree. See more »









Release Date:

12 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celebrity: Der Ruhm See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA

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NBC Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joseph Bottoms was asked to audition for Mack, but once he read the script, he decided he wanted to read for T.J. Luther. He wore a black suit, carried a bible and gave a zealous audition, but ultimately he ended up with the role of Mack. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx (1984) See more »

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haven't seen this in 20+years.
15 November 2007 | by gentkSee all my reviews

as i recall, it was gripping enough to watch the two nights of it's broadcast. i remember the plot and story-line, but not much else. i'd like to get my hands on a copy on VHS, i doubt it's on DVD.if there's anyone out here who knows where it's available, i'd like to hear from you. it was the big thing in the mid-eighties, that being TV mini-series, such as The Sophisticated Gents, Cheifs, Backstairs at the White House, among a few. from the above comments, some didn't like it very much, but i found it compelling, i seem to think it began at the end, and was a backstair. i do want to see it again, so if any can help out, give me a yell.

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