Focus On: Airwolf Season 2 - A look at the second season of this iconic adventure series

Jean Bruce Scott joins Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine and Jan-Michael Vincent as a member of the regular cast of Airwolf in season two.
Jean Bruce Scott joins Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine and Jan-Michael Vincent as a member of the regular cast of Airwolf in season two.

This hub is a continuation of one of my more popular hubs, Focus on: Airwolf: Season I - A quick in-depth look at the classic TV series. You can find that hub here:

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The saga continues

So, in the first season, we have extablished our core group of characters: Stringfellow Hawke, the loner who flies the supercopter on missions for the firm until his brother can be resued; Dominic Santini, Hawke's best friend and mentor who owns a Hollywood helicopter flying service; and Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith-Briggs, one of the Firm's head honchos who continuously runs interference for Hawke while assigning him and Santini delicate missions that only they can do since they have Airwolf.

Now we come to season Two. One thing that has been sorely missing in this action adventure is a strong female presence. In the last episode of season one, we were introduced to a possible female add-on, Antonia Donatelli, but for whatever reason, her character wasn't picked up. Instead, in the first episode, we are introduced to Caitlin O'Shaughnessy, played by Jean Bruce Scott. Her character goes head to head with a sadistic sheriff, played by perrennial television baddie Lance LeGault.

Her character evidently resonated with audiences and continued to appear in most of the second season and third.

Jean Bruce Scott as the adventure seeking Caitlin O'Shaughnessy in the second and third seasons of the iconic show Airwolf
Jean Bruce Scott as the adventure seeking Caitlin O'Shaughnessy in the second and third seasons of the iconic show Airwolf

Caitlin O'Shaugnessy

Caitlin is a helicopter patrolwoman for the Texas Highway Patrol. While pursuing a fleeing biker, she has a run-in with Pope County Sheriff J.J. Bogan (Lance LeGault) that nearly results in her rape and murder. While in Pope County, she meets Stringfellow Hawke. When Hawke runs afoul of Bogan, he's forced to make his escape and uses Airwolf to aid Caitlin in hers. Later, Caitlin manages to find Stringfellow and Dom and Santini hires her to work part time at Santini Air after Caitlin leaves the Highway Patrol. While reticent to show Caitlin where Airwolf is hidden, Stringfellow eventually relents and Caitlin is taught to serve as a back-up pilot for the supercopter in the event that String and Dom are ever incapacitated.

Jean Bruce Scott

Date of Birth: February 25, 1956

Place of Birth: Monterey, CA

Jean Bruce Scott graduated from La Quinta High School in Westminster, California in 1974. She went on to college at California State University and UCLA. She made her TV debut in an episode of Knight Rider and has had recurring roles in TV shows like St. Elsewhere, Magnum PI and the soap opera Days of Our Lives. She has been married to actor Randy Reinholz since 1989. She currently develops and producers plays written by Native Americans.

The Second Season Episodes

Episode Name
Date of Airing
Summary
Guest Stars
Director
Sweet Britches
September 22, 1984
Hawke meets a sadistic sheriff who has no qualms about killing innocent civilians
Lance LeGault, James Whitmore Jr., Jeff MacKay, David Graf
Alan J. Levi
Firestorm
September 29, 1984
Hawke must prevent a renegade general from executing a nuclear first strike against Russia
Eugene Roche, Joseph Campanella
Ray Austin
Moffett's Ghost
October 6, 1984
While attempting to retrieve an American diplomat from Russia, Airwolf undergoes a series of malfunctions caused by the late Dr. Charles Moffett, its creator.
David Hemmings, Robin Riker
Donald A. Baer
The Truth About Holly
October 13, 1984
Hawke and Dom rescue Dom's niece from her abusive boyfriend, but not everything is quite as it seems
Barbara Howard, Rick Jason
Alan J. Levi
The Hunted
October 20, 1984
A wealthy industrialist hires Hawke and Airwolf to protect him from an assassin who may be masquerading as Caitlin's boyfriend
Gregg Henry
Sutton Roley
Sins of the Past
October 27, 1984
Dominick is accused of killing his ex-wife
Brett Halsey, Jason Bernard, Diane McBain
Donald A. Baer
Fallen Angel
November 3, 1984
Archangel is captured and brainwashed by enemy agents
John Ericson, Barrie Ingham
Sutton Roley
HX-1
November 10, 1984
Hawke believes that his brother may have a hand in the theft of a super copter that may rival Airwolf in its combat capabilities
Michael Halsey, Sam Melville, Chris Connelly
Gerald Mayer
Flight #093 Is Missing
November 17, 1984
A flight carrying Caitlin is hijacked and crashed into the sea
John Calvin, Ina Balin, Alex Kubik
Bernard L. Kowalski
Once a Hero
November 24, 1984
Hawke and Dom recruit a couple of buddies from 'Nam to help rescue St. John from a POW camp
Thomas Callaway, Cathie Shiriff, Soon Tek Oh
Leslie H. Martinson
Random Target
December 8, 1984
String and Dom accidentally shoot some footage of a reputed mob boss and a covert meeting in the desert
Anne Lockhart, Len Birman
Virgil W. Vogel
Condemned
January 5, 1985
String and Caitlin find themselves on an island infected with a deadly virus
Martin E. Brooks
Tom Blank
The American Dream
January 12, 1985
Southeast Asian immigrants are terrorized by a Vietnamese warlord
James Shigeta, John Fujioka, Soon Tek Oh
Virgil W. Vogel
Inn at the End of the Road
January 26, 1985
After stealing a prototype airplane computer system, a band of terrorists hole up in a diner secluded in the wilderness
Nicholas Campbell, Randi Brooks, Hugh Gillin, Ian Abercrombie
Ray Austin
Santini's Millions
February 2, 1985
When a wealthy industrialist dies, he leaves a sizable chunk of his fortune to Dom
John Ireland, Joseph Ruskin, Jared Martin
Sutton Roley
Prisoner of Yesterday
February 9, 1985
Doc Gifford (Nicholas Campbell) is kidnapped to treat an aging revolutionary who is dying
Nicholas Campbell. Mario Marcelino, Julie Carmen, Michael Constantine
Georg Fenady
Natural Born
February 23, 1985
A young hotshot pilot seeks revenge against the drug smugglers who killed his uncle
Noble Willingham, Seth Foster
Virgil W. Vogel
Out of the Sky
March 2, 1985
String and Dom are hired to fly a stunt for a country singer who is having troubles with her manager
Misty Rowe, Mayf Nutter, Luca Bercovici
Bruce Seth Green
Dambreakers
March 16, 1985
A european terrorist cell infiltrates a spiritualist community while they plot their next destructive incident
Marjoe Gortner, Devon Ericson, Gregory Walcott
Virgil W. Vogel
Severance Pay
March 23, 1985
A senior analyst at the firm threatens to go rogue after he learns that he's no longer entitled to his severance package
Arte Johnson, Martin Milner, Ed Krick
Sidney Hayers
Eruption
April 6, 1985
String and Dom are forced to hole up in a mining town when a volcano erupts and grounds Airwolf
Mills Watson, Angela Cartwright, Laraine Day
Tom Blank
Short Walk to Freedom
April 13, 1985
While visiting ruins in South America, Caitlin and a school class group are captured by a military cadre
John Aniston, Brian Farrell
Virgil W. Vogel

Season 2 Special Guests

Several guests from season 1 return for the second season as well. I won't reintroduce those guests, but I will relist them here. Deborah Pratt, David Hemmings, James Whitmore Jr., Christopher Connelly, Lance LeGault and Jeff MacKay all return. Except for Pratt, Connelly and Hemmings, though, everyone else gets to play a different role.

Lance LeGault

Character Played: Sheriff J.J. Bogan

Episode: Sweet Britches

Jeff MacKay

Character Played: Buddy

Episode: Sweet Britches

James Whitmore Jr.

Character Played: Sam Houston

Episode: Sweet Britches

Comedic actor David Graf, who starred in the Police Academy movie franchise played goon Billie in the Airwolf episode "Sweet Britches"
Comedic actor David Graf, who starred in the Police Academy movie franchise played goon Billie in the Airwolf episode "Sweet Britches"

David Graf

Date of Birth: April 16, 1950

Place of Birth: Lancaster, Ohio

Character Played: Billie

Episode: Sweet Britches

Date of Death: April 7, 2001

Probably best remembered for his role as Eugene Tackleberry in the Police Academy series, David Graf was a fine comedic actor whose career ran from the early '80's until his untimely death of a heart attack just 9 days before his 51st birthday. Ironically, his father also passed away of a similar heart condition at the age of 51. Graf's roles included appearances in shows like M*A*S*H, The A-Team, Quantum Leap, Home Improvement. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, JAG and The West Wing. He was an accomplished saxophone player. His widow wrote a stark and riveting one woman stage play chronicling life after his passing entitled "Surviving David".

Eugene Roche played Senator William Dietz in season 1 and Eddie Donohough in season 2 of Airwolf
Eugene Roche played Senator William Dietz in season 1 and Eddie Donohough in season 2 of Airwolf

Eugene Roche

Date of Birth: September 22, 1928

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts

Character Played: Eddie Donohough

Episode: Firestorm

Date of Death: July 28, 2004

This is actually Eugene's second Airwolf appearance, having first appeared in the pilot as Senator William Dietz. His prolific film career spanned four decades and his roles included both serious dramatic roles and comic foils. He may be best remembered for his role in Webster as Bill Parker, the amiable landlord. He also had recurring roles in All in the Family, Magnum P.I., Soap and Dave's World, among others. His notable guest appearances include Ironside, Kojak, Starsky and Hutch, Lou Grant, Taxi, Quincy M.E., Night Court, Murder She Wrote and Star Trek: Voyager. He died of a heart attack at age 75.

Actor Joseph Campanella
Actor Joseph Campanella

Joseph Campanella

Date of Birth: November 21, 1927

Place of Birth: New York, New York

Character Played: General Eliot Sandhower

Episode: Firestorm

Six decades on screen help define Joseph Campanella's life in Hollywood. He got his start in 1952 playing uncredited cameo roles in the show Suspense. He has appeared on several daytime soap operas, including Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful. His recurring TV roles have included Brian Darrell in The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, Lew Wickersham in Mannix, Ed Cooper in One Day at a Time and Hutch Corrigan in The Colbys. He's also made dozens of one shot guest appearances, including 21 Jump Street, Mission Impossible, The FBI, Ironside, The Rockford Files, Star Trek: Voyager, Cold Case and CSI. Animation fans would recognize his voice as that of Curt Connors in the animated adventures of Spiderman. He has been married since 1964 and has seven children.

Robin Riker
Robin Riker

Robin Riker

Date of Birth: October 2, 1952

Place of Birth: New York, New York

Character Played: Dr. Karen Hansen

Episode: Moffett's Ghost

Robin Riker made her film acting debut on an episode of Black Sheep Squadron in the '70's. Since then, her television credits have been extremely prolific. She's had starring roles in shows like Brothers, Get a Life, Shaky Ground, Thunder Alley and The Gregory Hines Show. She also had starring roles on the soap operas Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful. Her notable guest spots include The A-Team, M*A*S*H, Murder She Wrote, Boston Legal, Bones and The Closer. She is married to Cinematographer and Special Effects expert Evan A. Nesbitt.

Barbara Howard played Santini's niece Holly in Airwolf
Barbara Howard played Santini's niece Holly in Airwolf

Barbara Howard

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

Character Played: Holly Mathews

Episode: The Truth About Holly

Barbara Howard is probably best remembered for her role as Robin Agretti on the prime time soap opera Falcon Crest. She's had a number of guest roies, though, including stints on shows like Silver Spoons, In the Heat of the Night, The Nanny, Millennium and Early Edition. She was also in the films Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Running Mates and Lucky Stiff. She retired from acting in 2000 and is currently working as a psychotherapist in Illinois.

Rick Jason
Rick Jason

Rick Jason

Date of Birth: May 21, 1923

Place of Birth: New York, New York

Character Played: Ed Aarons

Episode: The truth About Holly

Date of Death: October 16, 2000

Rick Jason is probably best remembered for his role as Lt. Hanley in the aclaimed TV war drama Combat! from the 1960s. He also made numerous guest appearances over the years including Rawhide, Police Woman, Wonder Woman, Fantasy Island, Dallas, Moonlighting and Murder She Wrote. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed flying, hunting and fishing. Rick attended a reunion with his fellow Combat! co-stars in late 2000 and committed suicide one week later. Authorities attribute his untimely death to depression.

Gregg Henry plays one of his many television baddie roles in the Airwolf episode "The Hunted"
Gregg Henry plays one of his many television baddie roles in the Airwolf episode "The Hunted"

Gregg Henry

Date of Birth: May 6, 1952

Place of Birth: Lakewood, Colorado

Character Played: Robert Villers

Episode: The Hunted

Gregg Henry has built his career on playing people of questionable character both on the big screen and television. He has appeared in movies like Body Double, Star Trek: Insurrection, Payback, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. On the small screen, his prolific career has included episodes of Remington Steele, Moonlighting, Murder She Wrote (a record six appearances), Falcon Crest, Cagney and Lacey, In the Heat of the Night, L.A. Law, Matlock, JAG, Chicago Hope, ER, Firefly, Star Trek: Enterprise and 24 among others. Henry is married to American theater director Lisa James and they live in Los Angeles.

Brett Halsey played casino owner Jason Darius on Airwolf
Brett Halsey played casino owner Jason Darius on Airwolf

Brett Halsey

Date of Birth: June 20, 1933

Place of Birth: Santa Ana, California

Character Played: Jason Darius

Episode: Sins of the Past

Fans of The Young and the Restless may recognize Brett Halsey as the original John Abbott (although his stint was shortlived). Before that, though, he was featured in the series Follow the Sun in the 1960s and his voice has been heard in the animated X-Men series as Bolivar Trask. Among his numerous guest stints, he could be seen on Fantasy Island, Knight Rider, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Dukes of Hazard, Cagney and Lacey, Tekwar and Cold Case. In 2005, his son Rock from his first marriage was murdered in prison where he was incarcerated on drug offenses. Currently Brett resides in Laguna Hills.

Jason Bernard often played judges and cops throughout his film and television career
Jason Bernard often played judges and cops throughout his film and television career

Jason Bernard

Date of Birth: May 17, 1938

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

Character Played: Aaron Martin

Episode: Sins of the Past

Date of Death: October 16, 1996

Jason Bernard was a character actor who often played cops, detectives, investigators or judges. On the big screen, he appeared in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (in an uncredited cameo), Blue Thunder, War Games, Star Chamber, No Way Out and Liar Liar (which he'd just finished filming at the time of his death). On television, he may be best remembered for his role as Caleb Taylor in the miniseries V and it's sequel, V: The Final Battle. He also made guest appearances on such shows as Starsky and Hutch, M*A*S*H, The Greatest American Hero, The Jeffersons, Night Court, Beauty and the Beast and he had a recurring role on Cagney and Lacey as Detective Inspector Marquette. A heart attack behind the wheel of his car caused his untimely passing at the age of 58.

John Ericson
John Ericson

John Ericson

Date of Birth: September 23, 1926

Place of Birth: Dusseldorf, Germany

Character Played: Dr. Karl Kruger

Episode: Fallen Angel

John Ericson is a German American character actor who generally plays bad guys. In the 1960s, he had a starring role in the TV series Honey West which starred Anne Francis as a female private eye. Among his many guest appearances, he was on Bonanza, Death Valley Days, Gunsmoke, The FBI, SWAT, Nero Wolfe, CHiPs, Knight Rider, The A-Team and Murder She Wrote. John gained some notariety in 1974 when posed for Playgirl's centerfold.

Barrie Ingham
Barrie Ingham

Barrie Ingham

Date of Birth: February 10, 1932

Place of Birth: Halifax, Yorkshire, England

Character Played: Vladimir Kinskov

Episode: Fallen Angel

Barrie Ingham's career has spanned four and a half decades, starting in 1960 and culminating in 2005. In that time, he has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies. His most memorable film roles have included Doctor Who and the Daleks, Day of the Jackal and The Great Mouse Detective. On television, he was also in the third season of Doctor Who, along with appearances in shows like Remington Steele, The Fall Guy, The A-Team, Matlock, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Murder She Wrote. He has also enjoyed a prolific stage career both in the US and abroad.

Michael Halsey
Michael Halsey

Michael Halsey

Character Played: Dunkirk

Episode: HX-1

Michael Halsey has one of those very recognizable faces in Hollywood. He generally plays bad guys and turns up on a number of different shows. Some of his credits include Blake's 7, The Greatest American Hero, St. Elsewhere, The A-Team, Moonlighting, Magnum P.I., Matlock and Angel. This is actually his second appearance on Airwolf. During season one, he played Peter MacGregor Moore in the spisode Echoes from the Past.

Actor Sam Melville
Actor Sam Melville

Sam Melville

Date of Birth: August 20, 1936

Place of Birth: Fillmore, Utah

Character Played: Mace Taggert

Episode: HX-1

Date of Death: March 9, 1989

Sam Melville is another one of those classic TV actors whose face you know and whose name you don't. He's appeared in a number of small screen guest shots, including Hogan's Heroes, The Fugitive, Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, Gunsmoke, Dukes of Hazard, The A-Team, T.J. Hooker and he had a recurring role as Kate Jackson's ex-husband on Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He also starred in the '70's police show The Rookies as Officer Mike Danko where Kate Jackson played his wife. Sadly, Sam passed away in 1989 of heart failure at the young age of 52.

Actor John Calvin as Blaze in the pilot episode of Airwolf
Actor John Calvin as Blaze in the pilot episode of Airwolf

John Calvin

Date of Birth: November 29, 1947

Place of Birth: Staten Island, New York

Character Played: Hergos

Episode: Flight #093 is Missing

John Calvin's acting history is indelibly a part of Airwolf history. In the pilot, he played Blaze, an arrogant movie star who tried to fly and found out he wasn't as proficient as he thought he was. He also makes an appearance in the oft maligned fourth season of the show. John has been active in movies and TV since the '60's having appeared in shows like Columbo, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Rookies, Charlie's Angels, Eight is Enough, Hart to Hart, Taxi, V, Quantum Leap and L.A. Law, among countless others. He starred in two shows - The Paul Lynde Show and the short-lived Indiana Jones copycat, Tales of the Gold Monkey. His movie appearances include Norma Rae, Primary Target and Critters 3.

Actress Ina Balin
Actress Ina Balin

Ina Balin

Date of Birth: November 12, 1937

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York

Character Played: Ingrid Kendall

Episode: Flight #093 is Missing

Date of Death: June 20, 1990

Jewish actress Ina Balin (nee Rosenberg) got her start in show business on The Perry Como show. She followed that with stints on Broadway and made her big screen debut in 1959 in The Black Orchid. Other film roles included The Comancheros, The Patsy, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Comeback Trail and That's Adequate (which was her final acting credit). On television, she made appearances on such weekly staples as The Defenders, Bonanza, 12 O'Clock High, Get Smart, It Takes a Thief, Police Story, The Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica, Wonder Woman, Hart to Hart, Magnum P.I. and Murder She Wrote. In 1976, the ever-single Balin adopted three young chinese girls and raised them as her daughters. Tragically, Balin passed away in 1990 from pulmonary hypertension, brought on by coronary heart disease. She was 52.

Cathie Shirriff
Cathie Shirriff

Cathie Shirriff

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario

Character Played: Charmaine Beaucaire

Episode: Once a Hero

Cathie Shiriff is probably best remembered as Valkris, the female Klingon lover of Kruge from the opening scenes in the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. She was also the co-host of Jack Palance in the first season of Ripley's Believe It or Not. Other TV appearances include Wonder Woman, Magnum P.I., Taxi and Riptide. On the big screen, she made appearances in All that Jazz and Covergirl.

Soon Teck Oh makes two appearances in season 2 of Airwolf and returns for season 4
Soon Teck Oh makes two appearances in season 2 of Airwolf and returns for season 4

Soon Teck Oh

Date of Birth: June 29, 1943

Place of Birth: Japan

Character Played: Tommy Liu

Episode: Once a Hero

Character Played: Nguyen Van Minh

Episode: The American Dream

Born in Japan yet raised in Korea, Soon Teck Oh came to the US at the age of 16. He started his acting career in the '60's and has appeared in numerous films and TV shows. Some notable film appearances include The Man with the Golden Gun, The Final Countdown, Death Wish 4, Beverly Hills Ninja, SWAT and Mulan I and II. On television, he also appeared in season 4 of Airwolf, along with appearances on shows like The Wild Wild West, It Takes a Thief, Ironside, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie's Angels, Bring 'em Back Alive, M*A*S*H, Tales of the Gold Monkey, The Fall Guy, Hill Street Blues, The A-Team and MacGyver. In 1995, he founded the precursor to the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble which has made great strides in eliminating southeast asian stereotyping from stage and screen portrayals.

Anne lockhart guest stars in seasons three, four and five of Airwolf
Anne lockhart guest stars in seasons three, four and five of Airwolf

Anne Lockhart

Date of Birth: September 6, 1953

Place of Birth: New York, New York

Character Played: Sgt. Anne Brannen

Episode: Random Target

Anne Lockhart was born into a very prestigious acting family. Her mother, June, was also a star in her own right, having anchored one of TV's best loved sci-fi series, Lost in Space. Anne has a sci-fi credit of her own, though, having played Lloyd Bridges' daughter Sheba in the '80's science fiction classic Battlestar Galactica. She makes three appearances on Airwolf altogether one each in seasons 2, 3 and 4. TV guest spots have included CHiPs, BJ and the Bear, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, The Fall Guy, Quantum Leap and Murder She Wrote. These days, she can often be seen playing extras in TV shows and movies and she does voice work regularly in animation.

Len Birman
Len Birman

Len Birman

Date of Birth: December 31, 1931

Character Played: Kenneth Langhorn

Episode: Random Target

With an acting career spanning nearly forty years, Len Birman is also one of those recognizable guest actors in Hollywood. On the big screen, he was in Silver Streak, but he made his mark more notably for television viewers. He has guest starred on dozens of TV shows and movies such as It Takes a Thief, Mannix, Logan's Run, The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Dallas and Sweating Bullets. Birman is also one of the guest actors to return for season 4 of Airwolf.

Martin E. Brooks
Martin E. Brooks

Martin E. Brooks

Date of Birth: November 30, 1925

Place of Birth: Bronx, New York

Character Played: Prof. Jennings Rudolph

Episode: Condemned

Martin E. Brooks will always be remembered by TV fans as Dr. Rudy Wells (the third actor to play the role) on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman in the '70's. Soap Opera fans might remember him from Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital. He did a number of guest stints on shows like The Wild Wild West, The FBI, Mission Impossible, McMillan and Wife, Planet of the Apes, Dallas and Knot's Landing. He reprised the role of Rudy Wells in all three bionic reunion movies too. His film and TV career has spanned over 40 years.

James Shigeta
James Shigeta

James Shigeta

Date of Birth: June 17, 1933

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii

Character Played: Colonel Tranh Van Zung

Episode: The American Dream

James Shigeta is an accomplished actor and singer, long touted as an Asian American leading man in Hollywood. He has graced both the big screen and the small screen with dignity whether he plays a good guy or a bad guy. Audiences may remember him as Joseph Takagi in Die Hard, but his big screen appearances go back to the '60's when he was, for a time, a romantic male lead. On television, his credits include Ben Casey, It Takes a Thief, Hawaii Five-O, Mission Impossible, Ironside, Little House on the Prairie, The Greatest American Hero, Seaquest and Babylon 5.

John Fujioka
John Fujioka

John Fujioka

Date of Birth: June 29, 1925

Place of Birth: Olaa, Hawaii

Character Played: Tru

Episode: The American Dream

John Fujioka's name may not be a household recognizable one, but his face certainly is. He has starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, notably Pearl Harbor, Mortal Combat, V.I. Warshawski, American Ninja, M*A*S*H and Futureworld, among others. On television, he has starred in Tales of the Gold Monkey and the miniseries Noble House. Guest appearances include McHale's Navy, Kung Fu, The Six Million Dollar Man, Baretta, Wonder Woman, Starsky and Hutch, The Incredible Hulk, The A-Team, Walker Texas Ranger and Chicago Hope, just to name a few.

Nicholas Campbell plays Jason 'Doc' Giffords in two episodes of Airwolf's second season
Nicholas Campbell plays Jason 'Doc' Giffords in two episodes of Airwolf's second season

Nicholas Campbell

Date of Birth: March 24, 1952

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Character Played: Jason 'Doc' Gifford

Episode: Inn at the End of the Road, Prisoner of Yesterday

Nicholas Campbell has the distinction of being one of only a few actors who appeared on Airwolf as a guest playing the same role more than once. And for that matter in the same season. He has appeared in a number of movies, notably, The Omen (1976), A Bridge Too Far, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Dead Zone and We All Fall Down, to name a few. On TV, he has appeared in Space 1999, T.J. Hooker, Night Heat, Monk and Flashpoint, He also starred in DaVinci's Inquest and DaVinci's City Hall. He's also an accomplished writer and director, having directed five episodes of the DaVinci series.

Randi Brooks is adept at playing both good and bad gals on TV and in the movies
Randi Brooks is adept at playing both good and bad gals on TV and in the movies

Randi Brooks

Date of Birth: November 8, 1956

Place of Birth: New York, New York

Character Played: Elena

Episode: The Inn at the End of the Road

Randi Brooks may not be a household name, but she is fairly recognizable to both movie and TV watchers. She appeared on the big screen in The Man With Two Brains, Deal of the Century, Tightrope and Cop. On television, her appearances include Mork and Mindy, The Greatest American Hero, Wizards and Warriors, The Dukes of Hazard, Simon and Simon, Riptide, T.J. Hooker, Magnum P.I. and Mancuso FBI. She was also the principal villain in the Knight Rider pilot and starred as a cop in the shortlived TV show The Last Precinct. She is married and has three children.

Hugh Gillin
Hugh Gillin

Hugh Gillin

Date of Birth: July 14, 1925

Place of Birth: Galesburg, Illinois

Character Played: Sheriff Frank Dudley

Episode: Inn at the End of the Road

Date of Death: May 4, 2004

Most movie and TV fans will recognize Hugh Gillin as that guy who often plays law men and politicians with questionable ethics and character. Occasionally, though, he's been know to play a good guy or two. On the silver screen, He appeared in Back to the Future Part III, Psycho II and III, Airplane II and The Jazz Singer. On the small screen, he could be seen in episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, M*A*S*H, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hart to Hart, The Facts of Life, The Dukes of Hazard, Mork and Mindy, Quincy ME, Knight Rider, The A-Team, V, Dallas and Quantum Leap. He was 6' 6" tall which gave him a very imposing stature - ideal for playing crooked law men.

John Ireland played millionaire Carl Barron on Airwolf
John Ireland played millionaire Carl Barron on Airwolf

John Ireland

Date of Birth: January 30, 1914

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Character Played: Carl Barron

Episode: Santini's Millions

Date of Death: March 21, 1992

Born in Canada, John was raised in New York. He got his start in show business as a water carnival swimmer until he made a break on Broadway, appearing in bit parts in several stage plays. His move to cinema came in 1945 when he played a major role in the war drama A Walk in the Sun. Other bigscreen appearances include All the King's Men, Little Big Horn, Gunslinger, Gunfight at the OK Corral and Spartacus, among numerous others. On television, John has appeared in a number of shows, including a starring role in The Cheaters and recurring guest appearances on Rawhide and Cassie & Co. His guest spots include The Virginian, Planet of the Apes, Mission Impossible, Little House on the Prairie, Hart to Hart, Quincy M.E., Magnum P.I., Santa Barbara, The Fall Guy and Murder She Wrote. He also appeared in the fourth season of Airwolf. His expolits with the ladies made almost as many waves as his on screen appearances. John passed away from Leukemia in 1992 at the age of 78.

Joseph Ruskin is an indelible part of Star Trek history
Joseph Ruskin is an indelible part of Star Trek history

Joseph Ruskin

Date of Birth: April 14, 1924

Place of Birth: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Character Played: Cooper

Episode: Santini's Millions

Joseph Ruskin has made a name for himself in Hollywood with a very recognizable face that most folks will remember as the number two henchmen in numerous TV shows and movies. Star trek fans will remember him as Galt in the classic series episode The Gamesters of Triskelion. He also appeared in the movie Star Trek: Insurrection, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Other shows he has appeared in include The Six Million Dollar Man, Mission: Impossible, Knight Rider, Charlie's Angels, St. Elsewhere, Murder She Wrote, L.A. Law and Bones. He also appeared in The Scorpion King and Smokin' Aces and he's done voices in a variety of animated shows and video games.

Jared Martin
Jared Martin

Jared Martin

Date of Birth: December 21, 1941

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York

Character Played: Graydon

Episode: Santini's Millions

Jared Martin is probably best remembered for his roles on Dallas, where he played Dusty Farlow, and War of the Worlds, where he played Dr. Harrison Blackwood. His face, though, is easily recognizable from many other appearances as well. He has appeared on Cannon, Columbo, Shaft, The Rookies, Charlie's Angels, The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman, CHiPs, The Incredible Hulk, Hart to Hart, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Magnum P.I., Hunter and Murder She Wrote, just to name a few. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife and spends summers at a second home in Maine.

Michael Constantine
Michael Constantine

Michael Constantine

Date of Birth: May 22, 1927

Place of Birth: Reading, Pennsylvania

Character Played: President Marios Guzman

Episode: Prisoner of Yesterday

Michael Constantine is another recognizable face, mostly stemming from an extensive TV resume. Film audiences will remember him as Gus in My Big Fat Greek Wedding along with it's television spin-off. He's also been seen in Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Hogan's Heroes, I Spy, The Fugitive, Ironside, Mission: Impossible, Kojak, Fantasy Island, Quincy M.E., The Fall Guy, Remington Steele, MacGyver, Hunter, Law & Order, Judging Amy and Cold Case (just to name a few). He also starred in the drama Room 222 for which the Greek American actor won an Emmy for his performance as the school principal.

Noble Willingham
Noble Willingham

Noble Willingham

Date of Birth: August 31, 1931

Place of Birth: Mineola, Texas

Character Played: Chester Hansen

Episode: Natural Born

Date of Death: January 17, 2004

If you don't recognize Noble Willingham's face, you probably don't get out much. He's appeared in a plethora of TV shows and movies, usually playing a suave or gruff Texan. Moviegoers might remember him as the ranch owner in the City Slickers movies with Billy Crystal. On TV, he was C.D. Parker in the popular show Walker Texas Ranger. His guest appearances included Gunsmoke, The Waltons, The Rockford Files, Hart to Hart, WKRP in Cincinnati, Dallas, CHiPs, AfterMASH, Remington Steele, The A-Team, L.A. Law, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Quantum Leap. He also appeared in Chinatown, La Bamba, Brubaker and Norma Rae on the silver screen. Sadly, he had a heart attack and died in his sleep at the age of 72 in Palm Springs, California.

Misty Rowe plays country singer Rosy marvel on Airwolf
Misty Rowe plays country singer Rosy marvel on Airwolf

Misty Rowe

Date of Birth: June 1, 1952

Place of Birth: Glendora, California

Character Played: Roxy Marvel

Episode: Out of the Sky

Misty was a regular on the show Hee Haw, but her TV credits don't end there. She had a recurring character role on Happy Days and played Maid Marion in When Things Were Rotten. She also starred in the movie Goodbye Norma Jean about the life of actress Marilyn Monroe. On TV, her guest spots include Quark, Kojak, Matt Houston, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Silver Spoons and MacGyver. The Texas rock band Young Heart Attack wrote a song about her titled, appropriately, Misty Rowe.

Marjoe Gortner started his career as an evangelical preacher and ordained minister at the age of four
Marjoe Gortner started his career as an evangelical preacher and ordained minister at the age of four

Marjoe Gortner

Date of Birth: January 14, 1944

Place of Birth: Long Beach, California

Character Played: Brother Jebediah/Johann Rector

Episode: Dambreakers

At four years old, Marjoe Gortner became the worlds youngest ordained minister. His name is a combination of Mary and Joseph. He preached the gospel in the bible belt up until his teen years when he dropped from sight for a while. In the '70's, he resurfaced and his sights turned to acting. He appeared in several films including Earthquake, Food of the Gods, Viva Knievel, Mausoleum and American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt. On television, he had a recurring guest role as Vince Karlotti on Falcon Crest. He also made a number of guest appearances on shows like Kojak, Police Story, Fantasy Island, The A-Team, Matt Houston and T.J. Hooker, most often playing characters on the wrong side of the law. In 1995, Gortner hung up his acting mantle and produced charity golf tournaments until 2010 when he quietly faded from the scene.

Devon Ericson
Devon Ericson

Devon Ericson

Date of Birth: December 21, 1952

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah

Character Played: Hana

Episode: Dambreakers

Devon Ericson has appeared in a number of series television episodes during the '70's and '80's. Her first guest starring role was on The Waltons in 1974. She followed that appearance up with shows like Starsky and Hutch, Police Story, Three's Company, Lou Grant, CHiPs, Quincy M.E., Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Magnum P.I., The A-Team, Knight Rider, The Love Boat, Hunter and St. Elsewhere. She also returns for an episode in Airwolf's third season. She often played the female sidekick of an episode's villain, but on several occasions, she could be found playing one of the good guys.

Martin Milner
Martin Milner

Martin Milner

Date of Birth: December 28, 1931

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan

Character Played: Arthur Barnes

Episode: Severance Pay

Fans of '60's and '70's television will recognize Martin Milner as Officer Pete Malloy from the series Adam 12 and several guest appearances on Emergency! He was also Tod Stiles on the classic series Route 66 and Karl Robinson in the shortlived series Swiss Family Robinson. Through the years, he has guest starred on a number of TV shows including The Lone Ranger, Dragnet, Rawhide, Gidget, Police Story, Fantasy Island, Robocop, Murder She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder. He also guest starred in an episode of MacGyver where he played Mac's deceased father. Milner routinely hosts fishing trips and has a California Walnut farm.

Arte Johnson
Arte Johnson

Arte Johnson

Date of Birth: January 20, 1929

Place of Birth: Benton Harbor, MI

Character Played: Larry Mason

Episode: Severance Pay

Verrrry Interesting! With those words, Arte Johnson made a name for himself every week on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In during the '60's and early '70's playing a German soldier. But that's just the tip of his tv career. He appeared on dozens of shows including The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, McHale's Navy, Lost in Space, The Partridge Family, The Rookies, Kojak, The Dukes of Hazard, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Fame and The A-Team, just to name a few. He's also done voice work for shows like Scooby Doo, The Animaniacs, Foofur, DuckTales and Justice League. He was also in the soap opera General Hospital. He lives with his wife Gisela in Southern California.

Character actor Mills Watson
Character actor Mills Watson

Mills Watson

Date of Birth: July 10, 1940

Place of Birth: Oakland, California

Character Played: John Cove

Episode: Eruption

Making a name for himself in quite a number of '70's and '80's TV shows, generally as a bad guy, Mills Watson is one of those recognizable character actors that we all have seen at one point or another. Born William Oscar Watson, he made his acting debut in an episode of Gunsmoke in 1968. He's also appeared in episodes of Mission: Impossible, Bonanza, Ironside, M*A*S*H, Emergency, Police Story, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, CHiPs, T.J. Hooker, The Fall Guy and The A-Team. He also guest starred in the short lived TV series B.J. and the Bear (starring Greg Evigan) and starred in its spinoff The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, playing bumbling Deputy Sheriff Perkins. Watson has since retired from acting and now lives in Oregon.

Photographer and actress Angela Cartwright
Photographer and actress Angela Cartwright

Angela Cartwright

Date of Birth: September 9, 1952

Place of Birth: Altrincham, Cheshire, England

Character Played: Mrs. Cranovich

Episode: Eruption

When Angela Cartwright was a child, she already had two awesome credits to boast about. She starred in the TV show Make Room for Daddy as little Linda Williams and in 1965, she starred in The Sound of Music as Brigitta, one of the singing Von Trapp children. Her next major gig was as teenage daughter Penny in the sci-fi series Lost in Space. In the 1970s, she reprised her role as Linda Williams in the shortlived spin-off Make Room for Granddaddy. While other appearances have been sporadic, she has appeared on Medical Center, Adam 12, Room 222, Logan's Run and The Love Boat. On the big screen, she has been in Beyond the Poseidon Adventures and Lost in Space. Angela is also an accomplished photographer with a studio in L.A.

Laraine Day as Amelia Davenport
Laraine Day as Amelia Davenport

Laraine Day

Date of Birth: October 13, 1920

Place of Birth: Roosevelt, Utah

Character Played: Amelia Davenport

Episode: Eruption

Date of Death: November 10, 2007

Laraine Day was once married to Leo Durocher and took such an interest in baseball that she became known for a time as the first lady of the sport. On screen, she played the role of Mary Lamont in the Dr. Kildare series of movies. She also starred in a number of other films in the '40's and '50's. In her later years, she guest starred on a number of TV series, including Fantasy Island, Lou Grant, The Love Boat, Hotel and Murder She Wrote. She was married three times (Durocher was her second husband) and had five children. She was a Mormon and helped establish a playhouse for Mormon actors in Los Angeles.

Actor John Aniston
Actor John Aniston

John Aniston

Date of Birth: July 24, 1933

Place of Birth: Crete, Greece

Character Played: Colonel Arturo Alzar

Episode: Short Walk to Freedom

Okay, many of us may think of him only as "Jennifer's dad", but soap opera fans know John Aniston much better than that. He has appeared on the daytime dramas The Love of Life, Search for Tomorrow and Days of Our Lives. He's also appeared on episodes of Combat!, I Spy, The Virginian, Mission: Impossible, Kojak, Diagnosis Murder, Star Trek: Voyager, The West Wing, Cold Case and Mad Men. His best friend was Telly Savalas (Kojak) who was also Jennifer's godfather.

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