|1988 - 1990
Lee Horsley starred as Ethan Allen Cord, an
1890s professional gunfighter who put his
pistols aside, when his terminally ill sister,
Lucy Cord Carroll (Kathryn Leigh Scott), sent
her four children to live with him in
the mining town of Paradise,
Lucy believed her brother was a hardware
store owner, but her children soon learned their
Uncle lived by the gun. Quickly, Ethan
realized he needed to provide a more stable home
for his niece and nephews and so he retired his
guns, rented a house and and began the life of a
A short time later, however, Ethan pulled his
guns out of mothballs and faced down Marshal
Blake (Robert Fuller), a corrupt lawman. Ethan
was force to kill the marshal and for his
valiant act, he was appointed marshal and thus
began a new chapter in the life of this
gunfighter turned caregiver to a bunch of kids
and the now citizens of the town of Paradise.
In between his new responsibilities, Ethan
found time to build a new home for the children
in a place called the Meadows.
Cord's adopted children included:
- Jenny Beck as Claire Carroll, 13,
the daughter of Lucy Carroll, a St. Louis
entertainer who sent her children to Uncle
Ethan when an illness claim life. Claire has
two dolls: Rapunzel and Juliet. Her close
friend is Katie Hamilton (Milla Jovovich), a
beautiful 13-year-old girl whose mother
trained her to be a prostitute.
- Matthew Newmark as Joseph Carroll,
Lucy's 11-year-old son. He worked at the
- Brian Lando as Benjamin Carroll,
Lucy's 9-year-old son.. He likes to collect
- Michael Patrick Carter as George Carroll,
Lucy's 5-year-old son.
Joseph, Amelia, Benjamin, & George
Friends and acquaintances of the family
- Dehl Berti as John Taylor, a Native
American with healing skills. John wears his
grey hair long and tops of his head with
a tall hat. When he can, he helps Ethan with
- Sigrid Thornton as Amelia Lawson,
the owner of the Paradise bank, Ethan's
romantic interest and surrogate mom to his
kids. Amelia hired Claire to be a teller at
- Mark Dryden as Scotty McBride, the
- James Crittenden as Charlie, the
- Randy Crowder as Wade Stratton
- Benjamin Lum as Mr. Lee, a
- Michael Ensign as Mr. Axelrod, a
- J. William Parker as Mr. Dodd, who
worked in the hotel.
- John Bloom as Tiny, the town
- Joel Terlesky as Dakota, Cord's
gambler pal. Dakota came to town to avenge his
the death of his father, and decided to stay
and earn a living at cards fleecing the local
miners of their money.
- Gay Hagen as Pearl
- Warren Munson as Henderson
- Julianna McCarthy as Margaret, the
- Louis Plante as William
- Will Hunt as Carl.
- Nicolas Surovy as P. J. Brakenhouse,
the town marshal.
- Jimmie Booth as the conductor.
TRIVIA NOTE: The program
changed its name to GUNS OF PARADISE in 1991
when Ethan became the marshal of Paradise.
Classic TV westerns stars Hugh O'Brien
(Wyatt Earp), Gene Barry (Bat Masterson)
reprised their roles in a two-part episode at the
start of the second season; and Chuck Connors and
Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman series were
reunited in a 1990 episode.
Obituaries: Dehl Berti: 11/26/1991
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