MANNIX, Joseph R. "Joe"
17 Paseo Verdes
Los Angeles, CA (West Side)
Joe Mannix is a hard-boiled
Armenian-American private eye. He lives and
works in a three-level office suite
decorated in Mediterranean decor at 17 Paseo
Verdes in West Los Angeles. His secretary is
Peggy Fair, a policeman‘s
widow with a young son, Toby. Gopher Albie
Luce occasionally helps Mannix do background
and license plate checks.
In the talent department, Joe has many skills.
He can fly airplanes and helicopters; sail
boats, ride horses, swim, play golf, jog (to
stay fit) and has a black belt in Karate.
Mannix’s vital stats: Blood Type AB+; Height:
6’1/2”; Weight: 180 lbs.; Hair: Dark Brown;
Eyes: Brown. His favorite drink is Scotch, neat
or on the rocks. The combination to his Kessler
office safe is: Right one turn to 7; Left two
turns to 24; and Right one turn to 15.
Joe was born circa 1932 and grew up in Summer
Grove, California. He speaks the Armenian
language fluently. Joe fought in the Korean War
as an Air Force lieutenant/fighter pilot. After
his discharge from the service, Joe attended
Western University on the GI Bill and graduated
in 1955. In 1956 he obtained his Private
Detective license [#13007].
Before going independent in 1968, Mannix worked
for Interdect Ltd. a high-tech detection and
security firm run by Lew Wickersham (
311-KL5-2271). While on assignment, Joe carried
a .38 snub-nosed Smith & Wesson in a holster at
the small of his of his back for protection. He
has also used a Beretta 9mm, a .45 Colt ACP and
a Walther PPK. (James Bond's gun of choice)
Wickersham and Mannix on the Prowl
Barris Designed Mannix Roadster
In the 1970s, Mannix returned to his hometown
and investigated the murder of a worker during a
labor dispute. While there, Joe visited with his
father Stephan Mannix, a vineyard owner who was
born 1898 in Armenia. He dispensed such Armenian
proverbs as “There is no reason for war that
reasonable men cannot resolve” or “What the eye
truly sees, the heart never forgets.” and “With
bread all grief is less.” Joe’s mother died in
During his stint with Intertect, Ltd. Detection
& Security, Mannix (who then lived at 2742
Canyon) drove a customized 425 front-wheel drive
engine convertible Oldsmobile Toronado [License
No. UQW-477]. The roadster mobile phone numbers
were 777-5134; LA KG6-2114; and KL5-277. The
roadster featured a black leather tonneau cover
over the back seats, a hidden gun compartment,
radio-telephone, short-wave transceiver, and a
tape recorder. Joe later drove a Doge Dart
[License No: NMO-918]; Barracuda [License No:
700-AKN]; and a ‘Cuda [license No: 714-AQU].
See also - "Mannix
Roadster" and "Mannix
TRIVIA NOTE: The “17 Paseo Verde” address was
based on the El Paseo Building in Santa Barbara
on State Street that was owned by the Robert’s
Born Krikor Ohanian on August 15, 1925, the 6'
1½" actor Mike Connors grew up in a Armenian
community of Fresno, CA. and then served in the
Air Force during World War II.
Upon his return
stateside, he attended UCLA where he was
discovered by director William Wellman while
playing basketball. Connors made his feature
film debut in the 1952 RKO release Sudden Fear
where he was billed as "Touch" Connors ("Touch"
being a nickname he earned at UCLA).
later made his TV debut on the series TIGHTROPE
(CBS, 1959-60) in which he played an undercover
agent (whose named changed each episode).
Connors starred on the MANNIX the TV series he
earned three Emmy nominations as Best Actor in a
Drama Series and a 1970 Golden Globe Award.
Later, he appeared as veteran FBI agent Ben
Slater in TODAY'S FBI (ABC, 1981-82) and hosted
the syndicated series CRIMES OF THE CENTURY
In 1996, he played "Chipacles" in the
animated Disney TV series Hercules and then
appeared in the role of Harland Greer in the
film Gideon (1999) about Gideon Dobbs, a man
with the mind of a child who checks into a
retirement home when his Aunt can no longer keep
The MANNIX series inspired a series of novels
written by Michael Avallone and J.T. MacCargo.
The titles include: "The Faces of Murder" (#1);
"A Fine Day for Dying" (#2); "A Walk on the
Blind Side" (#3) and "Round Trip to Nowhere"
Lalo Schifrin arranged, composed and
conducted the theme music for the MANNIX TV
Lt. Dan Ives
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