He was Only Seven

He Was Only Seven

Air Date: March 5, 1972

Written by: Michael Landon

Directed by: Michael Landon

Guest Stars: Roscoe Lee Browne (Joshua), William Watson (Zack), Bing Russell (Clem Foster)

A bank robbery in Virginia City leaves an old man’s grandson dead. Joe and Jamie head out to track the killers.

Trivia: This was Roscoe Lee Brown’s first and only appearance in the series. Brown had a long career in theatre, film and television. He appeared all the top 70s sitcoms including All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times and Barney Miller (Emmy-nominated), and he played the splendidly sardonic role of Saunders, the Tate household butler, after replacing Robert Guillaume’s popular “Benson” character on Soap (1977).

In 1986 he won an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on The Cosby Show (1984). His trademark baritone lent authority and distinction to a number of documentaries, live-action fare, and animated films, as well as the spoken-word arena, with such symphony orchestras as the Boston Pops and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to his credit.

Michael Landon re-used this script in his next series, >Little House on the Prairie with the Season Eight episode, ‘He Was Only Twelve.’