This was Television on February 17

1970: McCloud hits the Big Apple

Dennis Weaver portrayed Sam McCloud, a U.S. Marshal from rural New Mexico who winds up on assignment in the unfamiliar confines of New York City, in this crime drama. The pilot, “Portrait of a Dead Girl,” found the cowboy-influenced law officer escorting a prisoner from the Land of Enchantment to the Empire City, only to get mixed up in an intricate murder investigation. It lead to a series pick up the following fall and a seven-season run on NBC, primarily in the rotation of the network’s NBC Mystery Movie franchise, which also included contemporary detective mainstays like Columbo and McMillan & Wife-A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Kelly Carlson, model (37); Joseph Gordon-Levitt, alien (32); Paris Hilton, socialite (32); Richard Karn, sidekick (57); Jerry O’Connell, slider (39); Chord Overstreet, Gleek (24); Dominic Purcell, prison escapee (43); Jason Ritter, teacher (33); Don Scardino, director (64).

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