Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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The Man with Nine Lives 

When an old con meets Starbuck and suggests he is the warrior's father, there proves to be more following the elder than family ties.


Rod Holcomb


Glen A. Larson (created by), Donald P. Bellisario (as Donald Bellisario)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
John Colicos ... Count Baltar (credit only)
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena (credit only)
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey (credit only)
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Anne Lockhart ... Lieutenant Sheba
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Anne Jeffreys ... Siress Blassie
Lance LeGault ... Maga
Robert Feero ... Bora
Anthony De Longis ... Taba


On the Rising Star, Three Borellian Nomen on a Blood Hunt are searching for a certain Captain Dimitri. Their prey, an old con artist now calling himself Chameleon, convinces Starbuck there is a chance he might be his long lost father in order to sneak past his pursuers and onto the Galactica. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

28 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred Astaire, who was famous for his dance numbers in the golden era of movie musicals, had been reluctant to dance in any productions for years, but made rare exceptions. "The Man with Nine Lives" is one such exception as he danced, albeit briefly. It also marks the last time he danced on screen. Anne Jeffreys holds the honor of being the last woman to dance with Astaire on screen. See more »


In the scene after Chameleon, played by Fred Astaire, shoots the Vipers missiles off down the launch tubes knocking over Starbuck in a cloud of smoke, you can see him go to Starbuck and ask him if he is OK and talk with him. You never see him help Starbuck up, but when the film jumps, Starbuck is sitting up on the platform all of a sudden. See more »


Flight Sgt. Jolly: [Enthralled by 4 dancers on the stage] Stay clear on my ion trail, I'm locking on target!
Lt. Boomer: Hey, hey hold it, Jolly. Jolly, look I thought we were going to get some food?
Flight Sgt. Jolly: I see all the food I need!
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Let's Go Home
End Title" (uncredited)
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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