|The Tall Man
|1960 - 1962
Barry Sullivan starred as deputy sheriff Pat
Garrett, a.k.a. "The Tall Man" who maintained
law and order in 1870s New Mexico.
"My business is the law
and I mean to mind it."
-- Pat Garrett
The Tall Man earned his nickname because he
stood tall and firm against all dishonesty in
the Lincoln County territory.
Pat was occasionally assisted by
William H. "Billy" Bonney (Clu Gulager), a misguided
youth whom Pat had initially captured but
released into the custody of a local rancher.
Garrett's relationship with Billy was that
of a mentor who tried to teach him about right
and wrong. But Billy's wild nature often got him
in trouble, despite Pat's brotherly council.
Over time, Billy's run ins with the law made Pat
realize that one day they would have a reckoning.
When Billy's step-father, Bill Antrim was
gunned down by a trio of
gunmen, Billy refuses to listen to Pat and sets
out for revenge.
Billy was always in some sort of trouble.
When he teaches a youngster how to use a gun,
the boy gets wounded and his father comes
gunning for Billy. And the theme of gunslingers
and revenge continued when Jack Baron, an
ex-Quantrill raider travels to Lincoln County to
find Bonney for killing of one his men. And even
when Billy does the right thing by refusing to
rustle cattle with some friends, he becomes a
target of their retribution.
One of Billy's strangest exploits involved
Edward Van Doren (Richard Ney), a shipping
tycoon and avid hunter who hired Billy to help
track mountain lions. But when the man gets
Billy alone, he reveals his real desire; he
wants to hunt a human, and he's chose Billy as
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
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Other folks in and near Lincoln County included:
- Dana Massey as Maria, Billy's
sweetheart. She gets killed by the Roberts
Brothers who came looking for Billy. Another
girl named Maria (Pat Michon) was another of
Billy's romantic interests. Her father was a
sheep rancher who wasn't popular with the
local cattle ranchers.
- Ford Rainy as Sheriff Brady,
Pat's boss. He gets killed and Pat gets
elected as the new town Sheriff.
- Leonard Nimoy as Deputy Johnny
Swift. He fills in for Pat while he was
recuperating from a sneak gun attack. The town
believed Billy shot Pat, but he was innocent
of the charge. Later, Pat accidentally kills
Johnny and he temporarily quits his job.
- Narda Onyx as Teresa Oberon, Pat's
intended bride who dies.
- Richard Jaeckel as Denver, a rival
gunslinger who becomes Billy's friend after
Billy wounds Denver in a showdown.
- Murray Matheson as John Tundall,
- Patricia Donahue as Elena, Pat's
old flame. She returned to Lincoln County to
lure Pat in to a gunfight wit her her
ex-boyfriend Joe Durango who was pursuing her
to retrieve money she stole from him.
TRIVIA NOTE: The Billy the Kid
character was not killed on the TV show, but historically,
Billy the Kid, who killed two deputies while
escaping jail, was tracked down and shot by Pat
Garrett in 1881.
TALL MAN was the first TV series for actor Clu
Gulager who later appeared as Sheriff
Emmett Ryker on THE VIRGINIAN.
Obituaries: Barry Sullivan: 06/06/1994
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