TV Q&A: 'Emergency!' is in the past for its stars

  • Article by: RICH HELDENFELS , Akron Beacon Journal
  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 2:00 PM
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Kevin Tighe, left, and Randolph Mantooth starred in the popular 1970s NBC drama “Emergency!”

Q: I enjoy watching reruns of “Emergency!” What became of the stars, Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe?

A: Mantooth and Tighe played paramedics Gage and DeSoto in the 1970s drama, which also featured Robert Fuller, Julie London and Bobby Troup. Both men continue to act.

Mantooth’s résumé includes daytime dramas “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns.” He also does a lot of speaking to firefighter groups and other organizations. You can find out more about him at www.route51.com.

Tighe has become known as a formidable character actor, whether working with independent filmmaker John Sayles, taking a recurring role on “Lost” or appearing onstage. But the Los Angeles Times in 2010 asked him why he no longer listed “Emergency!” among his credits in the program for a play he was doing.

“I feel a great deal of pride that I was able to be a paramedic,” he said. “Randolph and I have stayed good friends. I was the best man at his wedding. I didn’t want to scurry away from it. But it was something I did in my 20s. It didn’t require a lot of acting. It didn’t require a lot of great dialogue. I don’t list it in the program because it doesn’t really link with what I am doing now.”

First ‘Jag,’ then ‘NCIS’ for Harmon

Q: Was Mark Harmon from “NCIS” ever on “JAG,” and did he play a doctor?

A: Characters from “NCIS” were introduced to viewers in episodes of JAG, so Harmon did indeed appear on that series as Leroy Jethro Gibbs. As far as I can tell, those were his only appearances on the series. He did play doctors several times on television, including as a regular on “St. Elsewhere” and “Chicago Hope.”

No luck for old movies on alcoholics

Q: There were two movies about alcoholics, one with Andy Griffith and Keanu Reeves and the other with Ed Asner and Gary Cole. Are they out on DVD or VHS?

A: The Griffith movie, “Under the Influence,” first aired in 1986. The Asner movie, from about the same time, was “Vital Signs.” I haven’t found authorized releases of either film on video.

‘Army Wives’ reunion is planned

Q: Is “Army Wives” done?

A: Yes and no. It completed its run as a series in 2013 after seven seasons. But fans will get one more taste of the show when a reunion special airs in March.

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