|1965 - 1967
The exploits of three Texas Rangers, Reese
Bennett (Neville Brand), Chad Cooper (Peter
Brown), and Joe Riley (William Smith) based in Laredo, Texas in the days following the
Ranger Chad Cooper hails from New Orleans. He
is literate, well-mannered fellow with expertise
in fencing, boxing and is fast on the draw. Chad
is the schemer and ladies man of the group. His
mission in life is to avoid work and come up
with get rich schemes that will supplement his
$40 a month salary. Chad rode a black horse
adorned with fancy tack.
Ranger Joe Riley an ex-gunfighter wore a
knife sheathed on his pant leg. Raised by
Indians, he had an eagle-eye for little details
which made him a great tracker. He and Chad
often used partner Reese Bennett as a comic foil
of all their pranks and schemes.
Ranger Reese Bennett is a former Union Army
officer. He's the oldest oldest of the three
rangers (in his 40s). He's tough, but not too
smart. Reese is proud to be a Ranger although he
initially joined the team to get immunity for a
crime he committed in another state.
Other Rangers in the service of the state included:
- Philip Carey as Captain Edward Parmalee, the boys' superior
who gave them their assignments and kept a critical eye on their
- Robert Wolders as Erik Hunter, another Texas Ranger who joined
the team. His fancy wardrobe seems to be endless.
- Claude Akins as Cotton Buckmeister, a tough, older
- Cactus the Horse, Reese's trusty steed.
Reese, Chad, Joe
Listen to Theme Music
TRIVIA NOTE: The pilot for LAREDO
debuted on April 21, 1965 episode of THE
VIRGINIAN entitled "We Lost A Train" in which
Judge Garth (Lee J. Cobb) sends Trampas (Doug
McClure) to Mexico to pick up a prize bull and
along the way he tangles with three Texas
Rangers (Reese, Chad and Joe) who rescue a baby,
battle Yaqui Indian, thwart gunrunning Mexican
soldiers and recover a train shipment of gold.
Peter Brown previously appeared as Deputy Johnny
McKay on the western LAWMAN/ABC/1958-62 starring
Obituaries: Philip Carey: 02/02/2009; Neville Brand;
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