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)




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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"Special Guest Star" Fred Astaire previously played a con man with a heart of gold five years earlier in the epic disaster film, The Towering Inferno (1974), and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. See more »


In the scene where Chameleon explains to Starbuck that he used the same gambling system when Starbuck was just a baby, a crew member with Fred Astaire's cue cards can be seen on the right side of screen just as the shot ends. See more »


Lt. Starbuck: Thanks... Eh...?
Chameleon: Chameleon.
Lt. Starbuck: Chameleon. I'm Starbuck, and er, this is my conscience, Apollo.
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Main Title: Theme from Battlestar Galactica
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Action and mystery
22 January 2019 | by keyopeSee all my reviews

This is one of my favourite episodes of BG. Starbuck meets Fred Astaire, aka Chameleon, a con man who's managed to get on the wrong side of a group of three nutcases called the Borrillian Nomen (not sure I'm spelling that correctly). What follows is a mystery where Chameleon might just be Starbuck's father, or just an old conman using him to get away from the 3 weirdoes. Pretty soon the Nomen are after Starbuck too. A really great fun episode with a few twists.

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28 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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