Ethan Allen Cord: Lee Horsely
Derick Nielson: Anthony
debuted on CBS on October 27, 1988 and finished 56
episodes later on May 10, 1991.
previously of Matt Houston, was cast in the lead as gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord
living in Paradise, an 1890ís mining town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Australian actress Sigrid Thornton played Amelia Lawson, the owner of the town
bank and Cordís love interest.
portrayed John Taylor, an Indian Shaman and was Cordís friend and sometimes
mentor to Cord and the members of his young family. Cordís late sister
has died and sent her four children to live with him, unbeknown to him.
The other roles were portrayed by: Jenny Beck as Clare, the eldest child and only girl. Matthew Newmark is Joseph, the oldest boy. Brian Lando as Ben and Michael Patrick Carter is George the youngest.
originally a loner, hiring his gun out to whoever paid the highest, but with the
responsibility of caring for his young niece and nephews now upon him, decides
to raise cattle and farm instead. Trouble
still follows him, even though he is no longer interested in gun fighting for a
Quite a number
of Ďoldí western stars appeared on the show, William Smith, Robert Fuller
(Jess Cooper, Laramie; Cooper Smith, Wagon Train), Jack Elam, Buck Taylor, Chuck
Connors (The Rifleman), Gene Barry (Bat Masterson), Hugh OíBrien, Don Stroud,
and Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright, Bonanza) to name a few.
of filming took place on Disney Location Ranch in Placerita Canyon Newhall
California , with additional scenes for episodes filmed at notable western
locations such as Vasquez Rocks and other familiar locations.
began with Cord being shot and waking up to find his niece and nephews tending
episode of the series, now called Guns of Paradise, ended with Sheriff Cord
sending his family out of town, while he prepared to meet his old arch enemy in
one final gunfight to determine who was the fastest on the draw.
money's on Sheriff Cord.)
(Our money's on Sheriff Cord.)
(Text and photos by Sandy Sturdivant)
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