Paradise Cast (left to right, standing) Lee Horsley, Sigrid Thornton, Michael Patrick Carter, Jenny Beck, and Dehl Berti (front) Briano Lando and Matthew Newmark


Text and photos courtesy of Sierra


Paradise debuted on CBS on October 27, 1988 and finished 56 episodes later on May 10, 1991.   

Lee Horsley, previously of Matt Houston, was cast in the lead as gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord living in Paradise, an 1890ís mining town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Australian actress Sigrid Thornton played Amelia Lawson, the owner of the town bank and Cordís love interest. 

Dehl Berti portrayed John Taylor, an Indian Shaman who was Cordís friend. He also was a sometimes mentor both to and to the members of his young family. Cordís late sister has died and sent her four children to live with him, unbeknown to him. 

The other roles were portrayed by:
Jenny Beck as Clare, the eldest child and only girl; Matthew Newmark as Joseph, the oldest boyBrian Lando as Ben; and Michael Patrick Carter as George, the youngest.

Cord was originally a loner, hiring his gun out to whoever paid the highest. But when the responsibility of caring for his young niece and nephews is thrust upon him, he decides to raise cattle and farm instead. Trouble still follows him, however, even though he is no longer interested in gun fighting for a living.  

Quite a number of Ďoldí western stars appeared on the show: William Smith, Robert Fuller (Jess Harper, Laramie; Cooper Smith, Wagon Train), Jack Elam, Buck Taylor, Chuck Connors (The Rifleman), Gene Barry (Bat Masterson), Hugh OíBrien (Wyatt Earp), Don Stroud, and Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright, Bonanza) to name a few.

The majority of filming took place on Disney Location Ranch in Placerita Canyon Newhall California , with additional scenes for episodes filmed at notable western locations such as Vasquez Rocks and other familiar locations.

The series began with Cord being shot and waking up to find his niece and nephews tending to him.  

The final episode of the series -- now called Guns of Paradise -- ended with Sheriff Cord sending his family out of town, while he prepared to meet his old arch enemy in one final gunfight to determine who was the fastest on the draw. (Our money's on Sheriff Cord.)

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