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B.J. and the Bear

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(NBC, 10/4/1978, 120 mins). An action adventure featuring a guitar-plucking independent trucker who travels with a fun-loving chimp, hauls anything, and finds himself caught up with a bunch of girls trying to flee a white slaver who happens to be the local sheriff. The series based on this film began in January 1979, with Evigan the only holdover (along, of course, with the chimp known as “The Bear”). Subsequently, in the fall of 1979, “The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo” spun off from this with Claude Akins and Mills Watson returning to play Lobo and his thick-headed deputy.

Production Companies Glen Larson Productions, Universal Television. Director Bruce Bilson. Executive Producer Glen A. Larson. Producers Christopher Crowe, John Peyser. Teleplay Glen A. Larson. Photography Sy Hoffberg. Music John Cacavas. Theme song “B.J. McKay” by Glen A. Larson. Editor Michael S. Murphy. Art Director Vincent J. Cresciman. Associate Producer Roy Watts. Second Unit Director John Peyser. Aerial Photography Frank Holgate.

Cast Greg Evigan (Billie Joe “B.J.” McKay), Claude Akins (Sheriff Lobo), Mills Watson (Perkins), Penny Peyser (Stilts), Julius Harris (Colonel Whitmore), Woodrow Parfrey (Store proprietor), Kristine DeBell (Marcia), Antoinette Stella (Willie), Elena Frank (Julie), Harry Townes (Doctor), Dave Murich (1st deputy), Dennis Fimple (2nd deputy), Ted Gehring (1st sheriff), Mario Roccuzzo (High-ranking suit), Tom Newman (Helicopter pilot), J Andrew Kenny (Deputy), Kimberly Cameron, Jane Steele, Pamela Bryant, Angela Capre, Barbara Stephenson, Leslie Winston, Kory Lynn, Walt Davis, William Stephens, Ross Borden, Irene Kelly, Chip Johnson.


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