|The Lazarus Man
|1996 - 1997
Robert Urich starred as a man buried in a
shallow grave in San Sebastian, Texas who awoke
dressed in a Confederate uniform with only
a US Army revolver in his possession.
With no memory of who he was, the man took the
name Lazarus after the biblical character who
also rose from the dead.
While waiting for his memory to return,
Lazarus interacted with a variety of people
during his quest, including:
- Investigating threats against the troops
under the command of General George Armstrong
- Facing down gunfighters who believed
Lazarus had nine lives.
- Revealing the truth of the murder of a
newly rich prospector.
- Partnering with a Civil War veteran turned
- Being accused of stealing a mining payroll
from a stagecoach.
- Protecting pacifist farmers from hostile
- Fending off enemies from his past like an
eccentric card shark with a grudge, and a
Federal Agent who wanted Lazarus dead.
Little by little, bits and pieces of memory
surfaced in Lazarus' mind - memories relating to
a man with a derby hat and Ford's Theater where
President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated.
"Something has happened to me which I do not
understand. All I know for certain is I am
alive. How I got here? Who I am? I do not know,
but I must've seen or done something, something
terrible to be buried alive, to be left for
dead. I can remember nothing of my life, my
friends or my enemies but the key to my identity
lies somewhere out there. I will search until I
find the man I was...and hope to be again." --
The Lazarrus Man
Finally, in an effort to discover the full truth
behind his predicament, Lazarus
underwent hypnosis. The session jogged his
memory and he recalled that he was Captain James Cathcart, an Army
intelligence officer who had been ordered away
from his post as bodyguard to the President by
Union Major Gafney (Wayne Grace), a traitor and
the man responsible for leaving Cathcart
for dead when he attempted to stop the
The derby wearing Major later abducted Cathcart's wife, Claire
(Isabelle Townsend) and used her for bait to
lure Cathcart to his doom. But Cathcart managed
to kill the Major, but
in doing so, he lost his wife to a stray bullet
shot by one of the Major's men and his son and
daughter to other members of the conspiracy.
The last we saw of Cathcart, he was searching
for his kidnapped children.
TRIVIA NOTE: The term "Lazarus"
refers to the biblical character Lazarus (John
11:1-44 ) who allegedly had died and was then
miraculously raised from the dead by a prophet
named Jesus. Lazarus had been in the tomb for
The series LAZARUS MAN ran 26 episodes. There
was no second season due to Urich's bout with
synovial cancer which took his life a few years
Obituaries: Robert Urich: 04/16/2002
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