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The Gambler

Title Card - Kenny Rogers THE GAMBLER

CBS Network
1980 - 1994
120 Minutes

The TV movie The Gambler (1980) starred Kenny Rogers as Brady Hawkes, a veteran frontier cardsharp who helped out Billy Montana (Bruce Boxleitner), a fledgling gambler with a knack for getting into trouble.

A series of successful sequels followed, including:

  • The Gambler II - The Adventure Continues (1983) featuring the fastest female gun in the West (Linda Evans);
  • The Gambler III-The Legend Continues (1987) where the Gambler meets such historical notables as Sitting Bull (George American Horse) and Buffalo Bill (Jeffrey Jones)
  • The Luck of the Draw -The Gambler Returns (1991) which featured the biggest card game in history and cameos from such classic TV western characters as Lucas McCain, a.k.a. "The Rifleman" (Chuck Connors), Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine), Bat Masterson (Gene Barry), and Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly)
  • The Gambler V: Playing For Keeps (1994) with Kenny Rogers returning as cardsharp Brady Hawkes who searches for his 19-year-old son who quit a New England prep school to join the Hole in the Wall Gang.

Kenny Rogers as THE GAMBLER


TRIVIA NOTE: The series is based on Kenny's Rogers hit song "The Gambler" (1978) whose chorus tells us:

"You got to know when to hold 'em
 Know when to fold 'em
 Know when to walk away
 And know when to run.
 You never count your money
 When you're sittin' at the table
 There'll be time enough for countin'
 When the dealin's done."

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