Ben Gazzara was one of our most interesting and compelling actors.
He had many appearances on the small screen, and I didn't take advantage of as many opportunities to catch him as I should have.
He was great in all those Cassavetes movies.
He was great in a Peter Bogdanovich movie I referenced recently called "Saint Jack", and another wonderful Bogdanovich
movie, "They All Laughed", where he displayed his wonderful flair for comedy.
He was great in "Anatomy of a Murder".
He was just simply great.
He starred in two OTN-worthy series.
Neither of which I saw very often.
Much to my regret.
The first was "Arrest and Trial"
"Arrest and Trial" was the immediate ancestor to "Law and Order"
The first half-hour depicted the arrest being made, and the second half-hour was devoted to thrashing it out in court.
Ben Gazzara co-starred with Chuck Connors.
Gazzara was the cop in the "Arrest" portion, and Connors was the D.A. in the "Trial" portion.
Does that not seem out of whack to you?
Shouldn't the brawnier Connors have played the cop, and the more intellectual Gazzara play the D.A.?
Maybe that's why I didn't watch it very often.
I couldn't get past what seemed to me to be backwards casting.
But subsequently, everything I have seen him do has been worth the trip.
So I would like to catch up with "Arrest and Trial"
Shortly after "The Fugitive" began its run on ABC, NBC decided to attempt to cash in on its success by casting Ben Gazzara as his own kind of Fugitive in "Run For Your Life"
In this show, instead of Lieutenant Gerard following him around, it was the Grim Reaper.
He is told by doctors that he has a terminal illness.
One, maybe two years to live.
And he goes around the world, getting involved in people's lives, anthology style, just like the Fugitive.
The series lasted about four years, thus negating its own premise.
And I found myself somewhat turned off by the premise itself.
An eighteen year-old doesn't like to think much about death.
So I didn't watch that one much either.
But in my later years, I found admiration for Gazzara's work in general, and finding myself playing the back nine myself, has caused me to want to seek out this show.
It hasn't been seen in quite a while, so where better than on the OTN?
Until next time,
Mark Rothman, CEO of the OTN.
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