|1970 - 1977
Dennis Weaver starred as Sam McCloud, a
Deputy US Marshal from Taos, New Mexico who was
assigned to the concrete canyons of New York
City (27th Precinct) to learn modern law
McCloud reported to Chief of Detectives Peter
B. Clifford (J.D. Cannon) who often ordered Sgt.
Joe Broadhurst (Terry Carter) to monitor
McCloud‘s maverick behavior (but usually Joe got
involved in Sam's unsanctioned investigations).
Sam's trademarks included a sheep-skin lined
jacket, cowboy boots, Stetson hat and the
catchphrase "There ya' go." He also
used down home
expressions like "Ya know, when the hound is
chasin' the rabbits, the fox has the run o' the
woods"; "He's slicker'n a greased
shoat (young pig).";
and "You see, nothin', nothin' will get as
lonesome as a New Mexico beaver."
Sam also had a wry sense of humor, like time
he said, "Will you hold my bomb just a minute?
Just a minute. I got a pebble in my boot."
When chasing a crook, Sam had no problem
borrowing a patrolman's mount and galloping
horseback through the streets of the Big Apple
to catch his man.
Other people in McCloud's world included:
- Diana Muldaur as Chris Coughlin , a
writer for the New York Chronicle and
McCloud’s romantic interest. Her father owns
the newspaper. Proud to be a writer, she once
said "I am sometimes a newspaper writer, never
- Coleen Gray as Mrs. Clifford,
- Tracy Reed as Mrs. Carol Broadhurst,
- Alfred Ryder as Dr. Dudley
- Herb Jefferson Jr. as Doctor
- Booth Colman as Coroner
- Randolph Mantooth as Intern
- Fred Holliday as Intern
- Robert Hogan as Deputy Marshal
- Sidney Clute as Detective Simms
- Ken Scott as Detective Polk
- John Finnegan as Desk Sergeant
- Ken Lynch as Sergeant Grover with the gravelly voice
- Teri Garr as Sergeant Phyllis Norton
- Della Reese as Sergeant Gladys Harris
- Thomas Bellin as Officer Barnes
- Michael Pataki as Officer Rizzo
- George Murdock as Officer Duncan
- Tony Ballen as Officer
- Hunter von Leer as Officer
- Maurice Marsac as French Officer
- Marcel Hillaire as Inspector LeBlanc
TRIVIA NOTE: The series was inspired
by the Clint Eastwood feature film
Coogan's Bluff (1968) about Deputy Sheriff
Walt Coogan, a police officer from Arizona who
takes a prisoner back to New York, loses him and
then recaptures him.
MCCLOUD first aired as a segment of NBC'S FOUR
IN ONE (60 minutes), then on the NBC MYSTERY
MOVIE on Wednesday nights and later a part of
the NBC SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE (90/120 minutes). The
series pilot "McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.?"
(a.k.a. "Portrait of a Dead Girl") aired on
February 17, 1970.
In 1974 and 1975, Dennis Weaver was nominated
for an Emmy for his role as Sam McCloud.
Dennis reprised his role on the CBS TV movie
The Return of Sam McCloud (11/12/1989) where
Sam, now a New Mexico Senator, investigates the
murder of his niece who was gathering facts on
nefarious chemical manufacturer who were also
responsible for a car bomb and a snipers bullet
that targeted him
for assassination. See also
Obituaries: Dennis Weaver: 02/24/2006; J.D. Cannon:
05/20/2005; Ken Lynch: 02/13/1990; Sidney Clute:
10/02/1985; Ken Scott: 12/01/1986;
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