Paradise Cast (left to right, standing) Lee Horsley, Sigrid Thornton, Michael Patrick Carter, Jenny Beck, and Dehl Berti (front) Briano Lando and Matthew Newmark
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on CBS on October 27, 1988 and finished 56 episodes later on May 10, 1991.
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.
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 boy; Brian Lando as Ben; and Michael Patrick Carter as George, the youngest.
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
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.
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.
began with Cord being shot and waking up to find his niece and nephews tending
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.
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