Monday, August 16, 2010

Useless "Emergency" TV Trivia

Jen and I have been watching old reruns of "Emergency" streamed off Netflix. Aside from the amusement of making fun of the "stylish" clothes and noting the differences in prehospital care today versus then we've been having fun spotting celebrities who appeared on the show before (or after) they were famous. Here's just a sample:
  • Melissa Gilbert
  • John Travolta
  • Vic Tayback
  • Wayne Knight (Newman! He blew up his house smoking a cigar when the gas oven was leaking.)
  • Jamie Farr (We also spotted him as the deli delivery guy on "The Dick VanDyke Show")
    Jamie was not in the episode in which his name appeared in the credits, he actually appeared two episodes later.
  • Scottie MacGregor (Mrs. Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie")
  • Deidre Hall (Jen recognized her from "Days of our Lives")
  • Jackie Coogan (almost didn't recognize him with hair and regular clothes)
  • Stanley Kamel (Dr. Kroger from "Monk." Jen spotted him right away. )
  • Marion Ross (Mrs. "C" - she was a secretary helping her boss who was having a heart attack).
  • JoAnn Worley (A primal scream adherent, just about the time it "wasn't nice to fool Mother Nature."
  • Don Most (Another "Happy Days" star)
  • Nick Nolte
  • Dick Butkus (though I thought he was Alex Karras)
  • Pat Buttrum (As a hermit living in a cave. He must have run out of junk to sell to Mr. Douglas.)
  • Robert Urich (Hard to recognize him - he was kind of burned up.)
  • Alex Karras (He showed up in Season 3, Episode 1 in an uncredited appearance.)
  • John Ashton (Later went on to play Taggart in the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise.)
  • Anne Morgan Guilbert (Milly in "The Dick Van Dyke" show and Evelyn in "Seinfeld")
  • Mark Spitz (Great swimmer, not so great actor. There's a Suzy Spitz in the same episode, too)
  • Kareen Abdul-Jabaar (I guess this was the sports season of Emergency)
  • Erik Estrada (His face was bandaged up, but you can't miss the hair and the teeth)
  • Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay on "Bewitched" and Colonel Crittendon on "Hogan's Heroes")
  • James Gregory (Detective Luger in "Barney Miller." Typecast as a grizzled detective)
  • Mark Harmon (This was way before NCIS. It looks like they were setting up for a spinoff about the Los Angeles County Animal Control, but I don't think anything came of it.)
  • Sharon Gless (Before "Cagney and Lacey" she was a pop artist)
  • Robert Weston Smith (better known as "Wolfman Jack")
  • Scott Bakula (Before he traveled through time, he was on LSD and got shot playing with a gun)
  • Terry Kiser (Remember Bernie from "Weekend At Bernie's?" This was before he was dead)
  • Linda Gray (J.R.'s wife. Before she shot him ... if it was her.)

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