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The Rousters

Title Card - THE ROUSTERS

NBC Network
1983 - 1984
Drama
60 Minutes

Chad Everett starred as Wyatt Earp III , a 35-year-old descendant of the famous frontier lawman (1848-1929), who worked as  roustabout and chief of security for Captain Jack's Sladetown Carnival, a Los Angeles-based traveling sideshow. 

Wyatt lived in a trailer home with mother, brother, and son (phone: 213-555-2318). Although a descendant of famous frontier marshal, Wyatt the III, didn't like being related to a "hero" that he believes was a boozer and a gambler. The big drawback to being related to the real Wyatt Earp, however, was having to repeatedly show his ID to people who didn't believe his real name.

To prove his manhood, Wyatt enjoys entering a boxing match called "The Toughest Man Contest" held every Saturday night that offers a $500 prize to the winner.

Other acquaintances of Wyatt Earp III included:

  • Hoyt Axton as Captain "Jack" Slade, the owner of the carnival.
  • Mimi Rogers as Ellie Slade, Jack's daughter. She does the carnival's bookkeeping, acts as lion tamer for Mickey the lion, and teaches school a few hours a day to the employee's kids.
  • Ruta Lee as Rowena Slade, Jack's sister.
  • Maxine Stuart as Amanda "Ma" Earp, Wyatt's eccentric mother. She is proud of the family's Earp lineage and upholds their legacy by doing a little bounty hunting on the side. Her room in the trailer is filled with post office wanted posters. For protection and persuasion, she carries a 12-gauge shotgun.
  • Jim Varney as Evan Earp, Wyatt's con-artist brother. He partners with his mother in the family bounty hunting business. Evan likes to daydream, thinks he is a great mechanic (which he is not) and comes up with ideas that will make him rich, but he seldom has a winning idea. He claims his dreams come true. Evan also has a dog named Lightning.
  • Timothy Gibbs as Michael, Wyatt's 14-year-old son. Ma calls him "Little Wyatt." He the most normal of the bunch.

Theme Song Lyrics

"Tough Enough"
Music by Mike Post
Lyrics by Stephen Geyer
Sung by Ronnie Milsap

Tough, like the steel of the wheel
That turns the world around
Stand your ground
When you're right, when you fight
Just let 'em call your bluff
You've got the edge when things get rough
Cause you're tough enough

Everyday you prove it
Everyday you try your luck
Stand or fall it's up to you
Ain't no way to pass the buck
You ain't in it for money
And you're just havin' some fun
You got a name
And the name of the game
Is do it 'til you get it done
You gotta do it 'til you get it done

Cause you're tough
Like the steel of the wheel
That turns the world around
Stand your ground
When you're right, when you fight
Just let 'em call your bluff
You've got the edge when things get rough
Cause you're tough enough

Under all the armor
Buddy, we're about the same
Spin the wheel or roll the dice
Everybody plays the game
Ain't no secret to winnin'
People do it all the time
Losin' and winnin' is just an opinion
And buddy that's the bottom line
You know that's the bottom line

You can see the big top
In the eyes of every clown
Everyday you set 'em up
And everyday you knock 'em down
And the wheels go 'round


Obituaries: Hoyt Axton: 10/26/1999; Jim Varney: 02/10/2000;


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