The Desperado

The Desperado

Air Date: February 7, 1971

Written by: George Lovell Hayes

Directed by: Phillip Leacock

Guest Stars: Louis Gossett, Jr. (Buck Walter), Ramon Bieri (Sheriff Solomon), Marlene Clark (Eliza Walter)

Hoss is held prisoner by a fugitive black couple who they admit hate white people and have nothing to lose by killing them.

Trivia: Gossett made his professional acting debut at the age of 17, winning the Donaldson Award as best newcomer to theatre. He went to NYU on a basketball scholarship and was invited to try out for the NY Knicks, yet he decided to continue his acting career with a role in the Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun.

He was originally cast as Gale Sayers in the 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song (1971) (TV). Just days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles’ tendon while working out for the film. The studio execs scrambled and quickly hired Billy Dee Williams as a replacement. Gossett, depressed over missing his “shot”, was promised by producer David L. Wolper the first great role that came along. About six years later, Wolper called Gossett to play “Fiddler” in Roots (1977), the Emmy-winning role that made him a star.