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Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid

robert steven mark gethers

(NBC, 9/12/1977, 120 mins). Drama about a ghetto youth’s efforts to escape from his dismal existence and his chance at a future as a veterinarian’s assistant. LeVar Burton of “Roots” has the title role opposite Ossie Davis as the vet. Based on the book “Peoples” by Robert C.S. Downs.

Production Company Mark Carliner Productions. Director Steven Gethers. Producer Mark Carliner. Teleplay Steven Gethers. Based on a Book by Robert C.S. Downs. Photography William K. Jurgensen. Music Fred Karlin. Editor Carroll Sax.

Cast LeVar Burton (Billy Peoples), Ossie Davis (Dr. Fredericks), Dolph Sweet (George), Chick Vennera (Luis), Tina Andrews (Roseanne), Roxie Roker (Mrs. Peoples), T. K. Carter (Justin), Michael Constantine (Dr. Silver), Sharon Ullrick (Miss Beverly), Diana Douglas (Mrs. Bedford), Leonard Barr (Hospital roommate), Miiko Taka (Receptionist), Ann Weldon, Bill Henderson, Albert Popwell, Richard Hack, Wayne Heffley, Steven Mendillo, Bill Elliott, Bruce Watson, Barbara Allyne Bennett, Lori Robin Lane, Thomas Rosales Jr., Rozelle Gayle, Rick Garcia, Tony Garcia, Robert Minor.

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