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Old 05-08-2021, 11:57 AM   #556
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The show's lead, and the only character seen in all 120 episodes, was Dr. Richard David Kimble (David Janssen), based in part on the story of Sam Sheppard.
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Salmi appeared in other television shows as well, including 'Lost In Space', 'Daniel Boone', and 'Gunsmoke', for playing a killer meeting an ironic end. This role earned him a Western Heritage Award.

Albert Salmi appeared in many other Western television shows and episodic dramas in the 60's and 70's including 'The Virginian', 'Have Gun--Will Travel', 'Bonanza', 'The Big Valley', 'Naked City', 'Twelve O'Clock High', 'The Legend of Jesse James', 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents', 'Land Of the Giants', 'That Girl', 'Night Gallery', 'Kung Fu', 'Petrocelli', 'The A-Team', and 'Knight Rider', among others.

His film credits included 'The Unforgiven' in 1960, 'Lawman' (1971), 'Escape From the Planet Of the Apes' (1971), 'Viva Knievel!' (1977), 'Empire Of the Ants' (1977), 'Love And Bullets' (1979), 'Caddyshack' (1980), 'Brubaker' with Robert Redford (1980), 'Dragonslayer' (1981),
'I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can' with Geraldine Page (1982), and and the hard drinking but loving father of character Diana Lawson in 'Hard to Hold' (1984). His final role was in 'Breaking In' with Burt Reynolds in 1989.
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The Fugitive was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won the Emmy for Outstanding Dramatic Series in 1966.
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Albert Salmi married his first wife Peggy in 1956 but both divorced in 1963. Their daughter Catherine Ann, or "Cas", was born in 1957, their only child, but unfortunately she died in 1995 at the age of 38 from heart disease.

In 1964 Salmi married his second wife Roberta. They had two daughters Elizabeth and Jennifer. The couple moved from Los Angeles to Spokane, Washington in 1983 where he entered semi-retirement, teaching classes on acting and taking a few local acting roles in theater.

Unfortunately, his relationship with his second wife was tumultuous. In February 1990 the couple had separated, with Salmi moving to their Idaho condominium and Roberta remaining in the family home in Spokane. On February 6th of that year, she filed for divorce, claiming that her alcoholic husband was physically abusive when he was drunk, and threatened often to kill her during his tirades. She had a restraining order issued on Salmi. Though her husband denied physically abusing her, he defended himself by blaming the split on emotional issues. But her claims of physical abuse and threats to her life proved true when she was found to be fatally shot in their Spokane home on April 22, 1990. It was determined that she was killed the day before.

A friend stopping by to check on her found her shot in the home and that Salmi was then found to have subsequently shot himself in a suicide in the den. He was determined to have suffered from severe depression, with little question that alcohol played a major part in the motives for his act. After a funeral, his ashes were laid to rest in Spokane.

Salmi was a fine actor whose "bad boy" roles often eerily became art imitating life.

Here are a few photo samples of Salmi's acting roles. In the film 'The Ambushers', with the sunglasses and facial hair, he plays a Mexican character--ironically while he himself was of Finnish descent. In the Western 'The Unforgiven', he is shown with Audrey Hepburn. He is shown in the top corner in 'Caddyshack' and the lower picture shows him in 'Dragonslayer'.
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TV Guide named the one-armed man No. 5 in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.
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Going back to the single episode format, 'The Fugitive' returned with the 24th episode on 'Flight From the Final Demon'. In this episode, Kimble finds a travelling companion whose disturbing behavior attracts the attention of the police.

Carol O'Conner, several seasons before assuming the title role in 'All In the Family', plays Sheriff Bray, who recognizes Kimble, "Al Dexter", at a health club. Noting Kimble is rather skilled with his massage, he notes that he resembles someone he knew. As is the case with many policemen, he gives away his game to Kimble which provides the doctor a reason to escape.
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When Bray strongly suggests that Kimble come with him to clear up a case of questions as to his identity, a fitness club member, Steve Edson, played by Ed Nelson from 'The Girl From Little Egypt', intervenes when he hears Bray on the phone calling police headquarters to report a possible sighting of Richard Kimble at the club. Edson knocks out Bray and flees with Kimble, warning him of the sheriff's discovery of "Dexter's" identity.
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I was not able to watch The Fugitive when it originally aired since I was a kid and had to be in bed before 10:00 pm. A couple years ago, I noticed the local library had all four seasons of The Fugitive on DVD. Over the last two winters, I have been able to watch almost every episode. What a great show and David Jansen was an excellent choice to play Dr. Kimble.
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The one-armed man, convincingly portrayed by disabled actor Bill Raisch, was a good choice for the villain in the series. Interestingly, in Roy Huggins' original script, the villain whom Dr. Kimble had seen fleeing his home on the night of the murder, was initially described as merely a "red-haired man" who allegedly killed his wife. Huggins eventually made the villain more distinctive by having be a one-armed man seen fleeing the scene of the murder. Most likely a "red-haired man" would not have translated well on black and white television.
Also, searching for a "one-armed man" made it a bit easier for Dr. Kimble as opposed to searching for a "red-haired man". It was surprising that Dr. Kimble was able to find the "one-armed man" so many times throughout the series.
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As Kimble and Edson flee Sheriff Bray, the officer aims and shoots, wounding Edson as he escapes.
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With 120 episodes and typically two or more guest stars per episode, the series offered a massive who's who of stars from stage and screen, character actors, and up-and-coming talent. Many guest stars appeared as different characters in multiple episodes.
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