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Maverick Cast

Series Description

The Maverick TV show was a 60 minute western action series with a touch of comedy that aired on ABC. It was about Brett, Bart and Beau Maverick, three "Fancy Pants" gamblers who roamed from town to town looking for poker games. As is typical of gamblers, they made enemies when they won and had to get out of a lot of tough situations.

Maverick Cast

James Garner ....... Bret Maverick
Jack Kelly ......... Bart Maverick
Roger Moore ........ Beau Maverick

Maverick Trivia


James Garner was the son of an Oklahoma carpet layer. He dropped out of high school at 16 to join the merchant marine. He received the purple heart after being wounded during the Korean War. During his career he has won one Emmy and three Golden Globes. He was nominated for several other awards including an Oscar in 1986 for Best Actor in "Murphy's Romance". His real name is James Scott Bumgarner.

Jack Kelly had acted in four Broadway plays by the time he was 11 years old and posed for a soap company when he was only two weeks old. Jack Kelly posed for a soap company add when he was only two weeks old and he had roles in four plays on Broadway by age 11! He invested a lot of his salary from the show into real estate and made a fortune from those investments. He also served on the Huntington Beach city council from 1980-1988 and from 1990 until his death in 1992. His campaign slogan was "Let Maverick Solve Your Problems".

"War of the Silver Kings" was not actually Maverick's pilot episode. At the time Warner Bros. avoided paying royalties to the creators of their series by using a "studio-owned" book or script for the pilot. The actual pilot was the second episode aired, "Point Blank", written by Maverick's creator Roy Higgins. Higgins never received any on screen credits as creator of Maverick until the 1994 movie starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster!

In episode #17, "Rope of Cards", a game called "Maverick Solitare" was featured. Within a few days, nearly every store in the country was sold out of playing cards!

Jack Kelly appeared in 75 episodes, James Garner in 52, and Roger Moore in only 15.

The club that Maverick visits in episode #33, "Escape To Tampico", was originally the set of "Rick's Cafe" from the movie "Casablanca"!

There were 18 issues of Maverick comics published between 1958 and 1962.

Beau Maverick whistled the series theme song in two episodes - "Family Pride" and "Diamond Flush" - episodes #96 & #100.

In addition to Jack Kelly (and others), Rod Taylor and Stuart Whitman were also considered for the role of Bart Maverick.

Throughout the fifth season, since only Jack Kelly remained as a "Maverick", there was no mention whatsoever of there being any other brothers or cousins.

Maverick Theme Song

Title: "Maverick"

Music By: "David Buttolph"

Lyrics By: "Paul Francis Webster"

Who is the tall, dark stranger there?
Maverick is the name.
Ridin' the trail to who knows where,
Luck is his companion,
Gamblin' is his game.
Smooth as the handle on a gun.
Maverick is the name.
Wild as the wind in Oregon,
Blowin' up a canyon,
Easier to tame.

Riverboat, ring your bell,
Fare thee well, Annabel.
Luck is the lady that he loves the best.
Natchez to New Orleans
Livin on jacks and queens
Maverick is a legend of the west.

Riverboat, ring your bell,
Fare thee well, Annabel.
Luck is the lady that he loves the best.
Natchez to New Orleans
Livin on jacks and queens
Maverick is a legend of the west.
Maverick is a legend of the west.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The First Season

1..... The War of the Silver Kings (9/22/1957)
2..... Point Blank (9/29/1957)
3..... According to Hoyle (10/6/1957)
4..... Ghost Rider (10/13/1957)
5..... The Long Hunt (10/20/1957)
6..... Stage West (10/27/1957)
7..... Relic of Fort Tejon (11/3/1957)
8..... Hostage (11/10/1957)
9..... Stampede (11/17/1957)
10... The Jeweled Gun (11/24/1957)
11... The Wrecker (12/1/1957)
12... The Quick and The Dead (12/8/1957)
13... Naked Gallows (12/15/1957)
14... Comstock Conspiracy (12/29/1957)
15... The Third Rider (1/5/1958)
16... A Rage For Vengeance (1/12/1958)
17... Rope of Cards (1/19/1958)
18... Diamond in the Rough (1/26/1958)
19... Day of Reckoning (2/2/1958)
20... The Savage Hills (2/9/1958)
21... Trail West To Fury (2/16/1958)
22... The Burning Sky (2/23/1958)
23... The Seventh Hand (3/2/1958)
24... Plunder of Paradise (3/9/1958)
25... Black Fire (3/16/1958)
26... Burial Ground of The Gods (3/30/1958)
27... Seed of Deception (4/13/1958)

The Second Season

28... The Day they Hanged Bret Maverick (9/21/1958)
29... Lonesome Reunion (9/28/1958)
30... Alias Bart Maverick (10/5/1958)
31... The Belcastle Brand (10/12/1958)
32... High Card Hangs (10/19/1958)
33... Escape To Tamico (10/26/1958)
34... The Judas Mask (11/2/1958)
35... The Jail At Junction Flats (11/9/1958)
36... The Thirty-Ninth Star (11/16/1958)
37... Shady Deal At Sunny Acres (Guest Star: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) (11/23/1958)
38... Island In The Swamp (11/30/1958)
39... Prey Of The Cat (12/7/1958)
40... The Spanish Dancer (12/14/1958)
41... Holiday at Hollow Rock (12/28/1958)
42... Game of Chance (1/4/1959)
43... Gun-Shy (1/11/1959)
44... Two Beggars on Horseback (1/18/1959)
45... The Rivals (1/25/1959)
46... Duel at Sundown (Guest Star: Clint Eastwood) (2/1/1959)
47... Yellow River (2/8/1959)
48... The Saga of Waco Williams (2/15/1959)
49... Brasada Spur (2/22/1959)
50... Passage to Fort Doom (3/8/1959)
51... Two Tickets to Ten Strike (3/15/1959)
52... Betrayal (3/22/1959)
53... The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill (3/29/1959)

The Third Season

54... Pappy (9/13/1959)
55... Royal Four-Flush (9/20/1959)
56... The Sheriff of Duck 'N Shoot (9/27/1959)
57... You Can't Beat The Percentage (10/4/1959)
58... The Cats of Paradise (10/11/1959)
59... A Tale of Three Cities (10/18/1959)
60... Full House (10/25/1959)
61... The Lass With the Poisonous Air (11/1/1959)
62... The Ghost Soldiers (11/8/1959)
63... Easy Mark (11/15/1959)
64... A Fellow's Brother (11/22/1959)
65... Trooper Maverick (11/29/1959)
66... Maverick Springs (12/6/1959)
67... The Goose-Drownder (12/13/1959)
68... A Cure For Johnny Rain (12/20/1959)
69... The Marquesa (1/3/1960)
70... The Cruise Of The Cynthia B (1/10/1960)
71... Maverick and Juliet (1/17/1960)
72... The White Widow (1/24/1960)
73... Guatemala City (1/31/1960)
74... The People's Friend (2/7/1960)
75... The Flock of Trouble (2/14/1960)
76... The Iron Hand (Guest Star: Robert Redford) (2/21/1960)
77... The Resurrection Of Joe November (2/28/1960)
78... The Misfortune Teller (3/6/1960)
79... Greenbacks Unlimited (3/13/1960)

The Fourth Season

80... The Bundle From Britain (Roger Moore guest stars as Cousin Beau) (9/10/1960)
81... Hadley's Hunters (9/25/1960)
82... The Town That Wasn't There (10/2/1960)
83... Arizona Black Maria (10/9/1960)
84... Last Wire From Stop Gap (10/16/1960)
85... Mano Nera (10/23/1960)
86... A Bullet For The Teacher (10/30/1960)
87... The Witch of Hound Dog (11/6/1960)
88... Thunder From The North (11/13/1960)
89... The Maverick Line (11/20/1960)
90... Bolt From The Blue (11/27/1960)
91... Kiz (12/4/1960)
92... Dodge City Or Bust (12/11/1960)
93... The Bold Fenian Men (12/18/1960)
94... Destination: Devil's Flat (12/25/1960)
95... A State of Siege (1/1/1961)
96... Family Pride (1/8/1961)
97... The Cactus Switch (1/15/1961)
98... Dutchman's Gold (1/22/1961)
99... The Ice Man (1/19/1961)
100. Diamond Flush (2/5/1961)
101. Last Stop: Oblivion (2/12/1961)
102. Flood's Folly (2/19/1961)
103. Maverick At Law (2/26/1961)
104. Red Dog (3/5/1961)
105. The Deadly Image (3/12/1961)
106. Triple Indemnity (3/19/1961)
107. The Forbidden City (3/26/1961)
108. Substitute Gun (4/2/1961)
109. Benefit of Doubt (4/9/1961)
110. The Devil's Necklace - Part 1 (4/16/1961)
111. The Devil's Necklace - Part 2 (4/23/1961)

The Fifth Season

112. Dade City Dodge (9/17/1961)
113. The Art Lovers (10/11/1961)
114. The Golden Fleecing (10/18/1961)
115. Three Queen's Full (11/12/1961)
116. A Technical Error (11/26/1961)
117. Poker Face (1/7/62)
118. Mr. Muldoon's Partner (2/11/62)
119. Epitath for a Gambler (3/4/62)
120. The Maverick Report (3/11/62)
121. Marshall Maverick (4/1/62)
122. The Troubled Heir (4/8/62)
123. The Money Machine (4/15/62)
124. One of Our Trains is Missing (4/22/62)

Theatrical Movie

Maverick (Mel Gibson & Jodie Foster) (1994)

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