The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. But while the latter series seems to follow Earp's historical journey from Ellsworth, Kansas to Tombstone, Arizona with stops in Wichita and Dodge City, The Untouchables has Ness venturing to New York and Boston, which he never did as part of his career as a federal law officer. Moreover, some of Ness' chief antagonists in The Untouchables never existed, as in the case of Joe Kulak as played by Oscar Beregi, Jr., or likely never even met Ness, as Kenneth Tucker argues of Frank Nitti in his book Eliot Ness and the Untouchables. Vanity Fair, Matthew Pearl traces the genesis of the book that spawned the TV series. In 1956 Ness had become a forgotten man, working as a salesman for a printing company in a small Pennsylvania town. But the firm's top salesman, Joe Phelps, after hearing Ness recount his days as Chicago's fearless mob scourge, set up a meeting with sportswriter Oscar Fraley, whom Phelps knew from high school. Phelps nudged Ness into collaborating with Fraley on a memoir, but Fraley, as Pearl observes, was a pathological liar and philanderer. Accounts differ as to which of the co-authors was more responsible for the fictional elements and embellishments that went into the book, such as saying that Ness' third wife was his girlfriend when he was a young federal agent, but the upshot was that the memoir was "enhanced" for dramatic effect. In a letter from Fraley to Ness early on in their relationship. the sportswriter said, "Don't get scared if we stray from the facts once in a while. We've got to make a real gangbuster out of this thing and after all, we have literary license." However, Pearl notes that recent Ness scholarship has determined that a surprising amount of the book appears to have been accurate. Tragically, Ness never got to bask in the glory of seeing his life story become a best-selling book or a hit TV series because he died of a heart attack in 1957 at age 54 before the book was even published.
For the biographies of Robert Stack, Paul Picerni, Nicholas Georgiade, Steve London, and Abel Fernandez, see the 1960 post on The Untouchables. For the biographies of Bruce Gordon, Oscar Beregi, Jr., and Frank Wilcox, see the 1961 post on The Untouchables.
Notable Guest StarsBat Masterson) plays speakeasy owner Bucky. Paul Mazursky (shown on the left, 5-times Oscar nominee, co-wrote and directed Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Harry and Tonto, and Enemies, A Love Story, wrote and directed An Unmarried Woman, directed Next Stop, Greenwich Village, Moscow on the Hudson, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, and Scenes From a Mall, co-created The Monkees, appeared in Blackboard Jungle, Deathwatch, A Star Is Born (1976), and Carlito's Way, and played Phil Brooks on Once and Again and Norm on Curb Your Enthusiasm) plays whiskey distributor Flip. Dabbs Greer (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Gunsmoke) plays federal agent Ned Ferber. Paul Bryar (Sheriff Harve Anders on The Long, Hot Summer) plays Frank Nitti associate Urcel. John Alderson (Sgt. Bullock on Boots and Saddles and Wyatt Earp on Doctor Who) plays enforcer Grote. The Blue Angels) plays gunman Frank Gruder. Herschel Bernardi (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Peter Gunn) plays investor Julius Albert Vernon. Robert Emhardt (Sgt. Vinton on The Kids From C.A.P.E.R. and Willard Masefield on The Edge of Night) plays criminal personnel expert Janos Willinski. Jay C. Flippen (appeared in Winchester '73, The Wild One, Oklahoma!, Kismet, The Killing, and Cat Ballou and played CPO Homer Nelson on Ensign O'Toole) plays former mobster Big Joe Holvak. Herbie Faye (Cpl. Sam Fender on The Phil Silvers Show, Waluska on The New Phil Silvers Show, and Ben Goldman on Doc) plays unemployed hood Lucky. Frank Cady (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays Gruder fall guy Larry Croft. Jack Reitzen (Chopstick Joe on Terry and the Pirates and Flores on Not for Hire) plays an arsonist for hire. Jon Lormer (Harry Tate on Lawman, Sam Watkins on The Real McCoys, the autopsy surgeon on Perry Mason, Simon Benjamin on The Young Marrieds, and Judge Irwin A. Chester on Peyton Place) plays distillery guard Finley Connors. Lee Miller (police Sgt. Brice on Perry Mason) plays a stevedore. Mason Curry (Deke Tuttle on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) plays a hospital doctor. 87th Precinct) plays farmer Mr. Phelps. Paul Birch (Erle Stanley Gardner on The Court of Last Resort, Mike Malone on Cannonball, and Capt. Carpenter on The Fugitive) plays rural police Capt. Jess Brownlee. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays Kalik enforcer Woody Lubek. Sydney Smith (Conrad Morland on The Dennis O'Keefe Show and the judge 6 times on Perry Mason) plays Laughton's law partner Telford Barnes. Tim Graham (Homer Ede on National Velvet) plays a truck driver. Oliver McGowan (Harvey Welk on Empire) plays The Partner. and Capt. Rutherford T. Grant on B.J. and the Bear) plays race wire operator Michael Barrigan. Henry Silva (starred in Johnny Cool, The Manchurian Candidate, Cinderfella, and Ocean's Eleven) plays Joe Kulak gunman Joker. Eduardo Ciannelli (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Johnny Staccato) plays drug trafficker Gregory Pindar. Sean McClory (Jack McGivern on The Californians and Myles Delaney on Bring 'Em Back Alive) plays San Francisco police Capt. John Stanwood. Phillip Pine (Elliot Kincaid on Days of Our Lives) plays Pindar associate Griff Darden. Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell, played Deputy Clem Foster on Bonanza) plays Pindar gunman Frankie Brendon. Man With a Camera, Paul Moreno on Empire, and Linc Murdock on The Travels of Jamie McPheeters) plays bootlegger Janos Colescou. Booth Colman (Zaius on Planet of the Apes, Prof. Hector Jerrold on General Hospital and Dr. Felix Burke on The Young and the Restless) plays Romani elder Victor Bartok. Ed Asner (appeared in The Satan Bug, The Slender Thread, The Venetian Affair, El Dorado, Change of Habit, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs!, JFK, and Up! and played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, and Lou Grant, Sam Waltman on Off the Rack, Principal Joe Danzig on The Bronx Zoo, Walter Kovacs on The Trials of Rosie O'Neill, George Lahti on Hearts Afire, Gil Jones on Thunder Alley, Carl Dobson on The Closer, Art Barnett on Center of the Universe, Wilson White on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Patrick on The Line, Hank Greziak on Working Class, and Dr. Wasserman on Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays) plays his brother Fedor. Sara Taft (Aunt Alex on The Young Marrieds) plays their mother. BarBara Luna (Theresa Modesto on Zorro, Maria Roberts on One Life to Live, Anna Ryder on Search for Tomorrow, and Sydney Jacobs on Sunset Beach) plays Victor's daughter Magda. Theodore Marcuse (starred in Hitler, The Cincinnati Kid, and Harum Scarum and played Von Bloheim on Batman) plays Colescou gunman Alex. Richard Bakalyan (starred in The Delicate Delinquent, The Cool and the Crazy, Juvenile Jungle, Hot Car Girl, Paratroop Command, and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes) plays his partner Benno. Cyril Delevanti (Lucious Coin on Jefferson Drum) plays a newspaper salesman. Perry Mason, and Sheriff Fred Madden on The Big Valley) plays bootlegger Woody O'Mara. Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock on Star Trek, Paris on Mission: Impossible, and Dr. William Bell on Fringe) plays Zenko henchman Packy. William Bryant (McCall on Combat!, President Ulysses S. Grant on Branded, Col. Crook on Hondo, Lt. Shilton on Switch, and the Director on The Fall Guy) plays the Chicago prosecuting attorney. Bruno Ve Sota (the bartender on Bonanza) plays Koenig's defense attorney. John Mitchum (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Riverboat) plays a Koenig brewery employee. Naked City) plays his brother Alvin. Buck Kartalian (appeared in Cool Hand Luke, Planet of the Apes, and Myra Breckenridge and played Sam on Here Come the Brides and Bruce W. Wolf on Monster Squad) plays their brother Nate. Frank Sutton (shown on the right, appeared in Marty, Town Without Pity, and The Satan Bug and played Eric Raddison on Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and Sgt. Vince Carter on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.) plays youngest brother Benny. Nehemiah Persoff (starred in The Wrong Man, Al Capone and Some Like It Hot) plays retired explosives expert Mr. Jaeger. Mario Gallo (appeared in The Laughing Policeman, A Woman Under the Influence, and Raging Bull and played Tomaso Delvecchio on Delvecchio) plays Stryker associate Lippy Carson. Grant Richards (appeared in A Night of Mystery, Love on Toast, and Under the Big Top and played Warren Nash on Love of Life) plays Al Capone representative Resko. Michael Fox (Sig Levy on The Clear Horizon, Coroner George McLeod on Burke's Law, Amos Fedders on Falcon Crest, Saul Feinberg on The Bold and the Beautiful, and appeared 25 times as autopsy surgeons and various other medical witnesses on Perry Mason) plays police fire examiner Lt. Miller. M Squad) plays drug runner Victor Rait. Sandra Warner (shown on the left, iconic cover model on 12 Martin Denny exotica LPs and played Pat Smith on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) plays his girlfriend Gina. Victor Jory (starred in Madame Du Barry, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Gone With the Wind, and The Miracle Worker and played Lt. Howard Finucane on Manhunt) plays gas company owner Arnold Stegler. Al Ruscio (Paul Locatelli on Shannon, Sal Giordano on Life Goes On, Frank Ruscio on Joe's Life, and Kosta Kanelos on Port Charles) plays Stegler henchman Gus Kroelig. Howard Culver (Howie Uzzell on Gunsmoke) plays chemist inspector Smitty. Richard Reeves (Mr. Murphy on Date With the Angels) plays a bartender. Hugh Sanders (appeared in That's My Boy, The Pride of St. Louis, The Winning Team, and The Wild One) plays Stegler partner Greer. Paul Dubov (Michel on The Ann Sothern Show) plays Stegler partner Weisbaden. Dr. Kildare and Murray Klein on Archie Bunker's Place) plays Bomer operative Benjy Liemer. Cloris Leachman (shown on the left, starred in The Last Picture Show, Charley and the Angel, Dillinger, and Young Frankenstein and played Effie Perrine on Charlie Wild, Private Detective, Ruth Martin on Lassie, Rhoda Kirsh on Dr. Kildare, Phyllis Lindstrom on Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, and Phyllis, Beverly Ann Stickle on The Facts of Life, Mrs. Frick on The Nutt House, Emily Collins on Walter & Emily, Grammy Winthrop on Thanks, Dot Richmond on The Ellen Show, Ida on Malcolm in the Middle, Maw Maw on Raising Hope, and Mrs. Mandelbaum on Mad About You) plays Liemer's wife Julie. Louis Nicoletti (assistant director on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy) plays Davis' floorman. Gunsmoke and Chief Paulton on Stone) plays former Chicago alderman Mitchell A. Grandin. George Murdock (Capt. Krupnick on No Time for Sergeants, Fred Devon on It Takes a Thief, Cavanaugh on Banacek, Dr. Salik on Battlestar Gallactica, Lt. Ben Scanlon on Barney Miller, Laslo Gabov on What a Country, and Judge Andrew Walker on Days of Our Lives) plays Chicago World's Fair licensee Gus Dmytryk. Boyd Hollister (Phony Van Gelder on General Hospital) plays hitman Billy Cooner. Ben Frommer (Smokey Bear on F Troop) plays hitman Fats Gilman. Jeanne Cooper (Grace Douglas on Bracken's World and Katherine Chancellor Murphy on The Young and the Restless) plays a third hitman's wife Fran Cagle. Sid Haig (appeared in THX 1138, The Big Doll House, Coffy, Foxy Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 2, and Night of the Living Dead 3D and played Texas on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Dragos on Jason of Star Command) plays Nitti gunman Augie. Shirley O'Hara (Debbie Flett on The Bob Newhart Show) plays World's Fair board member Mrs. Halvorson. Bruno VeSota (see "Takeover" above) plays a newspaper reporter. and I Married a Monster From Outer Space and played Moneta on Zorro) plays Templar's fiance Jeanne Lauder. John Larkin (shown on the left, played Frank Dana on The Road of Life, Mike Karr on The Edge of Night, Mark Grainger on Saints and Sinners, and Maj. Gen. Wiley Crowe on 12 O'Clock High) plays Joe Kulak employee Ray Quist. Kelly Thordsen (Colorado Charlie on Yancy Derringer) plays Kulak attorney Edwin T. MacKane. William Bryant (see "Takeover" above) plays a Los Angeles detective. Paul Baxley (stunt coordinator on Riverboat, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, T.H.E. Cat, Wonder Woman, and The Dukes of Hazzard) plays a boatman. Mister Ed and Norm Miller on Harris Against the World) plays Kulak lieutenant Louie Kamen. Cliff Osmond (appeared in The Raiders, Kiss Me, Stupid, The Fortune Cookie, and The Front Page) plays Nitti henchman Barney Kova. Gunsmoke) plays orphanage Santa Claus and speakeasy manager Hap Levinson. Ruth White (appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird, Hang 'Em High, Charly, Midnight Cowboy, and The Reivers and played Bessie Bookbinder on The Magic Cottage) plays his wife Bertha. Murvyn Vye (Lionel on The Bob Cummings Show) plays speakeasy owner Mike Volney. Ed Asner (shown on the left, see "The Death Tree" above) plays bartender Jimmy Canada. Nita Talbot (Gloria on Man Against Crime, Mabel Spooner on Joe & Mabel, Lusti Weather on Bourbon Street Beat, Dora Miles on The Jim Backus Show, Marya on Hogan's Heroes, Judy Evans on Here We Go Again, Rose Casey on Supertrain, Delfina on General Hospital, and Rose on Starting From Scratch) plays former showgirl Renee Grayson. Barry Russo (Roy Gilroy on The Young Marrieds) plays Volney's chief rival Brikka. Russell Collins (appeared in Niagara, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Fail-Safe and played Owen Sharp on Many Happy Returns) plays orphanage manager Mr. Edges. Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand on Star Trek, the Star Trek feature films, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek New Voyages) plays showgirl Penny. Isabel Jewell (appeared in Bondage, Here Comes the Groom, Go West Young Man, Gone With the Wind, Born to Kill, and Belle Starr's Daughter) plays wardrobe lady Sophie. The Defenders, Harry Briscoe on Alias Smith and Jones, and Chief Peter Clifford on McCloud) plays legendary New York inside man Joe Lassiter. Milton Selzer (see "Downfall" above) plays Tully's current inside man Harry Gordon. Anne Jackson (shown on the right, wife of actor Eli Wallach, Emmy nominee, appeared in So Young, So Bad, The Tiger Makes Out, Zig Zag, The Bell Jar, and The Shining, and played Rae Beeby on Everything's Relative) plays his wife Edna. Richard Bull (played the Seaview doctor on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Thatcher on Nichols, and Nels Oleson on Little House on the Prairie) plays a hotel clerk. Bill Erwin (Joe Walters on My Three Sons and Glenn Diamond on Struck by Lightning) plays an auctioneer. Craig Duncan (Sgt. Stanfield/Banfield on Mackenzie's Raiders) plays construction foreman Jim Laffey. The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Atom Ant Show, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour and Return to the Planet of the Apes) plays his lieutenant Kroner. George Mathews (see "Arsenal" above) plays Tunis enforcer Charlie Grach. James T. Callahan (see the biography section for the 1962 post on Dr. Kildare) plays truck driver Miles Henning. A.G. Vitanza (Ramon on The Flying Nun) plays shop owner Mr. Sarro. Rae Allen (appeared in Damn Yankees, The Tiger Makes Out, and A League of Their Own and played Judge Betty Small on Soap, Lucy Fearing on The Fearing Mind, and Aunt Quintina Blundetto on The Sopranos) plays Sarro's daughter. Helen Kleeb (Miss Claridge on Harrigan and Son, Miss Tandy on Room 222, and Mamie Baldwin on The Waltons) plays a hospital nurse. Noam Pitlik (Bentley on I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, the pathologist on Ben Casey, Officer Swanhauser on Sanford and Son, and Victor Gianelli on The Bob Newhart Show, and directed multiple episodes of The Practice, Barney Miller, Taxi, Mr. Belvedere, and W) plays newspaper reporter Arthur Rhine. Ken Lynch (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Checkmate) plays a truck drivers' union official. The Flintstones, Harvey A. Kavanuagh on The Harvey Korman Show, Leo Green on Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, and Reginald J. Tarkington on The Nutt House) plays a hospital resident. Bill Walker (appeared in Free for All, The Harlem Globetrotters, Jungle Drums of Africa, Take a Giant Step, and Kisses for My President and played Obadiah on Yancy Derringer) plays a train porter. Jennie Lynn (Jennie Baker on Love and Marriage) plays young girl Tina. Pat Rosson (Jerry Karr on The Young Marrieds) plays her play partner. John McLiam (see "The Ginnie Littlesmith Story" above) plays an infected truck driver. Theodore Marcuse (see "The Death Tree" above) plays Kurtz's New York contact. Hugh Sanders (see "Element of Danger" above) plays hospital infection ward manager Dr. Hasker. The Barbara Stanwyck Show) plays missing persons policewoman Lt. Agatha Steward. Virginia Capers (Tony Award winner, appeared in Lady Sings the Blues, Trouble Man, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off and played Delia Bonner on Downtown, Bertha Griffin-Lamour on Frank's Place, and Hattie Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) plays her assistant June. Ed Asner (see "The Death Tree" above) plays policeman Frank. Woodrow Parfrey (appeared in Planet of the Apes, Dirty Harry, and Papillon and played Holmes on Iron Horse) plays Margaret's former foster parent Fred Myerson. Charlotte Manson (long-time radio actress on soap operas such as Guiding Light and The Brighter Day as well as dramas such as Nick Carter, Master Detective) plays his wife Velma. Hope Summers (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Andy Griffith Show) plays Margaret's former landlord Letta Hodges. Arthur Peterson (The Major on Soap) plays a priest. Sydney Smith (see "Silent Partner" above) plays Radick's doctor. Kathleen Mulqueen (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Dennis the Menace) plays an employment agency clerk. Window on Main Street) plays former mob runner Julius Chavis. Angela Clarke (appeared in The Great Caruso, The Harlem Globetrotters, House of Wax, and The Interns) plays his wife Catherine. Bern Hoffman (Sam the bartender on Bonanza) plays a shipping dock foreman. Fran Behrens (husband of actor Amzie Strickland) plays florist Mr. Foster. Anthony Ray (Oscar-nominated producer of An Unmarried Woman as well as producer on Next Stop, Greenwich Village, The Rose, and Willie & Phil) plays assassin trainee Louis Mallet. Window on Main Street) plays their mother Kate. Tom Brown (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Mr. Lucky) plays Brannon's former supervisor Capt. Bellows. Frank DeKova (see "The Maggie Storm Story" above) plays mob boss Anthony "Tough Tony" Lamberto. Phyllis Coates (played Alice McDokes in 18 shorts, starred in Outlaws of Texas, Man From Sonora, Superman and the Mole-Men, Jungle Drums of Africa, and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, and played Lois Lane on Adventures of Superman, Gloria on The Duke, Madge Allen on Professional Father, and Clarissa Holliday on This Is Alice) plays his wife Angela. Ralph Manza (Al Bonacorsi on The D.A.'s Man, Mike Costello on General Hospital, Jay Drury on Banacek, Ambulance Aide Stanke on A.E.S. Hudson, Padre Guardiano on Mama Malone, Bud on Newhart, and Father Lewis on Days of Our Lives) plays Lamberto lieutenant Max Templar. Marianna Hill (appeared in Roustabout, Paradise, Hawaiian Style, The Godfather: Part II, and High Plains Drifter and played Rita on The Tall Man) plays Denny's girlfriend Laurie Regan. Ric Roman (Capt. Briones on Zorro) plays top Lamberto lieutenant Augie Relyea. Shotgun Slade) plays flamboyant reporter Floyd Gibbons. Paul Langton (Leslie Harrington on Peyton Place) plays Chicago newspaper reporter Carleton Edmunds. Dorothy Malone (starred in Scared Stiff, Pushover, Young at Heart, Artists and Models, Written on the Wind, Man of a Thousand Faces, Too Much, Too Soon, and Basic Instinct and played Constance Mackenzie Carson on Peyton Place) plays his wife Kitty. Stuart Erwin (starred in Men Without Women, Make Me a Star, Women Are Trouble, and The Bride Came C.O.D. and played Stu Erwin on The Stu Erwin Show and Otto King on The Greatest Show on Earth) plays fellow reporter Barney Rich. Joseph Campanella (Dr. Ted Steffen on The Doctors and the Nurses, Brian Darrell on The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, Lew Wickersham on Mannix, Ed Cooper on One Day at a Time, Hutch Corrigan on The Colbys, Harper Deveraux on Days of Our Lives, Joe on That's Life, Judge Joseph Camp on The Practice, and Jonathan Young on The Bold and the Beautiful) plays former bootlegger Vince Dastille. Alan Baxter (appeared in Saboteur, Close-Up, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Paint Your Wagon) plays scrap steel exporter John Brecker. Norman Burton (Joe Atkinson on Wonder Woman and Burt Dennis on The Ted Knight Show) plays Brecker gunman Solly. Richard Bull (see "The Cooker in the Sky" above) plays Kitty's friend Jimmy. Gunsmoke) plays his other gunman Mac. Harry Morgan (shown on the right, starred in The Ox-Bow Incident, High Noon, Inherit the Wind, How the West Was Won, and The Apple Dumpling Gang and played Pete Porter on December Bride and Pete and Gladys, Seldom Jackson on Kentucky Jones, Bill Gannon on Dragnet 1967, H.M. Stafford on The D.A., Doc Amos B. Coogan on Hec Ramsey, Col. Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H and AfterMASH, Leonard Blacke on Blacke's Magic, and Martin Vanderhof on You Can't Take It With You) plays rival gang leader George "Bugs" Moran. John Kellogg (see "The Gang War" above) plays his top lieutenant Striber. Malachi Throne (see "The Economist" above) plays speakeasy owner Dancer. Dan Seymour (Ferrari on Casablanca) plays speakeasy owner Weisman. Bernard Fein (see "The Maggie Storm Story" above) plays speakeasy owner Louie Akers. Arthur Peterson (see "Elegy" above) plays rail yard operator Albert Lane. Hank Patterson (Fred Ziffel on Green Acres and Petticoat Junction and Hank Miller on Gunsmoke) plays rail yard janitor Peterson. Hugh Sanders (see "Element of Danger" above) plays Chicago freight yard manager Vince Parnell.