Lucan the Wolf Boy- The short-lived series
LUCAN/ABC/1977-78 (16 episodes - 4 unaired) told the tale of Lucan the Wolf Boy
(Kevin Brophy), a youngster raised by feral wolves in the woods of Northern
Found by a group of hunters in 1967, Lucan was held for study against his will
and used for experimentation by a ruthless anthropologist named Dr. Hoagland
At the age of 20, Lucan escapes his captivity (ending up in Los Angeles) and
sets out to find his parents and survive in "civilized" society. On his trail is
a bounty hunter named Prentiss (Don Gordon).
Along the way, Lucan used his special inbred wolf-like senses that he learned in
the wild to elude his hunters and to help others in distress. From time to
time, Lucan hires out as a caretaker for baby animals because he "speaks their
language," a construction worker, a prizefighter and the protector of Russian
gymnast in danger. At one point, Lucan returned to his old forest haunts to save
his wolf friends from hunters.
Lucan's other traits included his preference of sleeping in the daytime, his
ability to run really fast and to sense anyone following him.
TRIVIA NOTE: "Lucan" is from the
Greek word "Lykos", meaning wolf. But in the series, the recently captured wild
boy overheard the phrase "You Can" and began to believe his name was "Lucan."
real life, there was a case of a wild boy (Victor of Aveyron) found by huntsmen in a
French forest in 1798. He was taken to a research facility and studied by Dr.
Jean Itard of the Deaf and Dumb Institute in Paris.
French filmmaker François
Truffaut adapted the storyline for his 1969 movie L'Enfant sauvage ("The Wild
Child") starring Jean-Pierre Cargol as Victor, the Wild Child.
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