Kojak

Kojak (1973)



Lt Theo Kojak (Savalas) works out of Manhattan’s 13th precinct and helped by Lt Bobby Crocker (Kevin Dobson) and Detective Stavros (played by Telly’s real life brother George Savalas) he does his best to keep the streets of New York crime free.

When the TV Movie the Marcus Nelson Murders appeared in 1973 it was obvious that the lead character of Lt Theo Kojak as played by the iconic Telly Savalas was something special, a series built around the star power of Kojak quickly followed.

Kojak the series is like a kindred spirit of UK show The Sweeney, its gritty, honest and doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is but what also gives it that super touch of quality is the characterization of the leads, Kojak’s relationship with his immediate boss Frank McNeil is very well drawn, the pair had started out together in the NYPD and whilst McNeil had risen to become chief of detectives the cynical Theo preferred the realities of life on the street, also adding greatly to the overall feel of the series is a pre Knots Landing Kevin Dobson as Kojak’s most regular partner Bobby Crocker.

Even back in the day Kojak seemed to be more realistic than his counterparts like Starsky and Hutch or the boys from SWAT and that is certainly more than true when watching episodes today, Savalas though is what makes the show truly special, already a movie star before the show started Kojak turned him into a bona fide icon with the bility to turn one of the world’s worst recordings (his version of the David Gates song If) into a worldwide smash. Who Loves Ya Baby indeed!!

In 1989 ABC decided to revive the series with Kojak working out the 74th Precinct in Manhattan assisted by Detective Warren Blake. Kevin Dobson aka Crocker did pop up in one episode (It’s Always Something – 3 Feb 1990) where he is now an assistant DA.

There were three Kojak TV movies, the first The Marcus Nelson Murders (CBS 8 March 1973) was the pilot that helped introduce the series, then on 16 Feb 1985 CBS aired a revival attempt called The Belarus File and then on 21 Feb 1987 there was another callled The Price of Justice with Kojak now promoted to Inspector.

TRIVIA
Kojack actually sucked his ever present lollipop to try and cure his cigarette habit. The character of Stavros on the show was played by Telly’s real life brother George.

MERCHANDISE
Like any popular show of the seventies Kojak had a whole heap of merchandise spring up around it, including such delights as a Corgi version of his 68 Buick, a Kojack board game, tie-in novelisations and the obligatory trading cards.

Broadcast 1973-78 and 1989-1990.

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production info

  • Year of Release: 1973
  • Country: USA | CBS
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1×180 minutes 2×120 minutes 112×60 minutes

Telly Savalas

Theo Kojak

Dan Frazer

Capt. Frank McNeill

Kevin Dobson

Sgt. Bobby Crocker

George Savalas

Det. Stavors

Mark Russell

Det. Saperstein

Alan Napier

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George Wyner

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Martin Kove

Burl Slote

Susan Blu

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Bob Minor

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Rose Marie

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Joan Van Ark

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Paul Mantee

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John Pickard

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Phillip Pine

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Judith Light

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Howard Platt

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Robert Ito

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Keone Young

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Elaine Joyce

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Yvonne Craig

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Rick Hurst

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Abe Vigoda

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Jane Elliot

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David Doyle

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Kay Medford

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Todd Susman

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Arte Johnson

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Peter Hobbs

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Ben Masters

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Mari Gorman

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Lynne Marta

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Val Avery

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Ray Vitte

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Barry Miller

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Joe Flaherty

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Eugene Roche

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David Proval

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Ken Foree

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Lee Weaver

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John Nolan

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Brian Murray

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Marc Alaimo

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Norman Lloyd

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Jack Ging

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Ahna Capri

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Carol Lynley

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Sam Jaffe

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Al Ruscio

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David Ladd

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Maud Adams

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