Matt Houston was a 60 minute crime drama series on ABC about a rich, playboy, private investigator who specialized in cases involving serious crimes (most often murder).
Matt Houston Cast
Lee Horsley .... Matt Houston
George Wyner .... Murray Chase
Pamela Hensley .... C.J. Parsons
Lincoln Kilpatrick .... Michael Hoyt
Cis Rundle .... Chris
John Aprea .... Lieutenant Vince Novelli
Paul Brinegar .... Lamar Pettybone
Penny Santon .... Mama Rosa Novelli
Dennis Fimple .... Bo
Buddy Ebsen .... Roy Houston
Matt Houston Trivia
Before starring on Matt Houston, Lee Horsley co-starred with William Conrad on the 1981 version of "Nero Wolfe". That was a fantastic opportunity as it was Lee's first credited role! Unfortunately, the series only lasted 14 episodes. After Matt Houston ended, Lee got another series, "Paradise" that ran for a respectable three seasons and 57 episodes! As soon as that show ended, Lee moved right into another starring role on, "Bodies of Evidence" but that one also only survived for 16 episodes.
Matt Houston was a millionaire oil man from Texas and worked at his detective agency that was based in Los Angeles, California in his free time.
Lee Horsley is one of those actors whose private lives are relatively unknown to the public. It helps to stay out of the smutt magazines when you have a solid family life like Lee. He's been married to the same woman since 1980. He and his wife, "Stephanie Downer" have one daughter and one son in their mid-twenties (as of 2008).
For those who only recognize Pamela Hensley as C.J. on Matt Houston, she also starred as the beautiful "Princess Ardala" on "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century". She also co-starred as "Beth Kelly" on Raymond Burr's series, "Kingston: Confidential" and guest-starred on numerous other TV shows.
Matt Houston originally came from Texas to California to manage his father's off-shore oil drilling operations but his true love soon became chasing down the scum of the earth criminals that he found through one of his many sideline businesses, his detective agency. With nearly unlimited funds, Matt could use one of his many cars to chase criminals or if they were really elusive, he could fire up his helicopter and chase them from the air!
Matt Houston was an Aaron Spelling Production. Aaron was the king of TV producers with a nearly unbelievable number of hit series to his credit including, "Johnny Ringo (1959)", "The Addams Family (1964)", "The Mod Squad (1968)", "The Rookies (1972)", "Starsky and Hutch (1975)", "Charlie's Angels (1976)", "The Love Boat (1977)", "Fantasy Island (1978)", "Hart to Hart (1979)", "Dynasty (1981)", "T.J. Hooker (1982)", "Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)", "Melrose Place (1992)", "7th Heaven (1996)", "Charmed (1998)".
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